Assistant Consultant
Colleen is excited about her career in research, evaluation, and consulting. Her role at The Improve Group began with involvement in the Olmstead Quality of Life Pilot Study in the summer of 2014. Her education in teacher preparation as well as her experience within grassroots nonprofit programming provides an excellent foundation for her current work. Colleen is passionate about self-actualization and assisting individuals, groups, and communities in actualizing their passions and potential. She enjoys studying change and fostering positive change in the world, be it grand-scale or small-scale.

Brings to the team

  • A commitment to lifelong learning
  • Flexibility and versatility
  • Positivity and creativity
  • Multicultural and meta-cultural perspectives
  • Arts-in-education expertise
  • Advocate for people with differing abilities
  • Proficient to fluent in French, Spanish, and Italian, and beginning level of Dakota.

Work Experience

  • The Improve Group, Assistant Consultant (2017-present)
  • Saint Paul Almanac, Community Editor (2013-present)
  • The Improve Group, Olmstead Quality of Life Survey Project Contributor (2014-2017)
  • Minnesota Council on Disability, Grant Specialist (2014)
  • Adult Basic Education nonprofit program leadership within organizations such as CLUES, Lao Family, and Urban Communities Association of Minneapolis
  • Community-based arts nonprofit program management with organizations such as History Theatre and In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre  


  • College of Saint Scholastica, Graduate-level Teaching License (in process)
  • Takoda Institute, Social Media Certificate
  • Bachelor of Arts in Art History, University of Minnesota

Brings to the Community

  • Art of Hosting: Creating Social Change, Intermedia Arts (2013)
  • Beyond the Pure Fellow, Jerome Foundation (2011-2012)
  • Creative Community Leadership Institute, Bush Foundation (2011)

Beyond the Bio

Colleen was born in Minneapolis and lives in Saint Paul. She likes to deliver this line as a microculture joke. Colleen enjoys world languages. Through ongoing study, travel, and conversation groups, she has become proficient to fluent in French, Italian, and Spanish and has a beginning level of Dakota, which is a heritage language for her. An artist, writer, and curator, she participates in and supports the vibrant Twin Cities arts scene.