Colleen was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia and always enjoyed exploring nature close by in the Delaware River Basin. From a young age, she was intrigued by the outside world and drawn to the water – whether it be the Jersey Shore or the Neshaminy Creek. Her passion for conservation is constantly growing and she envisions a world with clean, healthy, flowing streams for all to enjoy.
Colleen has spent her career working to find solutions for the country’s water issues, from water quality in the east or water availability in the west. Most recently, she worked for National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in both Washington, D.C. and later Portland, OR, as a coordinator and manager to their Western Water Program and Columbia Basin Program. There she worked with local groups within agricultural areas to find solutions to low water availability issues that would benefit both the farmer and the fish. She ran proposal solicitations for water transactions and riparian restoration projects, encouraged capacity building and collaboration within the basins, and helped create and support programs that benefited endangered and threatened fish. She also interned at American Rivers, researching ways to implement green infrastructure practices into the Delaware and Susquehanna River basins. Colleen started off her career as an environmental consultant, working on restoration projects to clean up contaminated soil and groundwater.
Colleen earned a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science from Coastal Carolina University and graduated with a Master of Science in Ecological Restoration from University of Florida in December 2020. In her free time, Colleen enjoys exploring new parks and hiking trails, training for her next triathlon, paddling and kayaking, and spending time with her family, especially her adorable niece and nephew.