Colleen is the President and CEO of Crescendo Philanthropy and has collaborated with NLI since 2018.
She is an active community leader with extensive private sector experience. In her global work with Sprint, British Telecom, France Telecom and AT&T, she led strategic planning initiatives and operational/IT deployments in Western Europe and the Middle East.
For the last decade, she has been deeply invested in serving the youth of South Florida and our community at large. She serves as the Collective Impact Leader of Bridge 2 Life, a countywide collaboration of agencies focused on helping youth build self-efficacy through a racial equity lens. This includes facilitation of the youth-led Racial Equity and Social Justice Advisory Council.
As the President of the Council of Fort Lauderdale Civic Associations, she represents the interests of 70+ civic associations within the City. She also serves on the City’s Education Advisory Board. She has served on the board of Fleet Week Port Everglades since 2011 introducing active military to youth through the annual Fleet Week Tech Summit.
She is an instructor with the National Leadership Institute and has presented at the statewide Planet Philanthropy conference since 2014.
Colleen earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing Research from the University of Maryland on an athletic scholarship and an MBA from Pennsylvania State University. She completed the Executive Marketing Program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
- Member, Florida Department of Education “Get There” Advisory Council, 2020
- Member, Broward Public Schools National Academy Foundation Advisory Board, 2020
- Member, Broward Public Schools STEM BASE Measurement and Data Committee, 2020
- Appointed to Education Advisory Board, City of Fort Lauderdale in 2019
- Member, Achieve Palm Beach, High School Advising Committee since 2019
- Treasurer, Tech Summit Chair, Fleet Week Port Everglades/Broward Navy Days since 2011
- Instructor, National Leadership Institute, 2017 – Present
- Speaker, Planet Philanthropy AFP Florida, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019
- President, Council of Fort Lauderdale Civic Associations since 2018
- FAU Tech Runway “Launch Competition Winner”, Business Case/Pitch Sessions, 2015
- Education/Non-Profit Committees, Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber since 2017
- Volunteer, Covenant House Florida 2011 – 2019