Executive Director, Chief Seattle Club
Colleen is the Executive Director of the Chief Seattle Club, a nonprofit dedicated to the needs of Native American and Alaska Native people who are experiencing homelessness in Seattle. She is also an enrolled member of the Kithehaki Band of the Pawnee Nation and a member of the Upper Athabascan people of Mentasta Lake. Colleen also founded the Coalition to End Urban Native Homelessness and is the co-founder and principal at Headwater People Consulting Group.
Colleen’s work has received significant regional recognition. Seattle Met Magazine named Colleen one of the 50 most influential women in Seattle in 2018, and Crosscut Media gave her its annual Courage Award for Public Service in 2016. Colleen has also received the Adeline Garcia Community Service Award and Antioch University’s Public Service Award. The Chief Seattle Club is the winner of the 2017 Neighborhood Builder Award and the Municipal League of King County Organization of the Year in 2016.
Colleen also serves on local boards including a mayoral appointment to the Community Police Commission. Other board affiliations are KUOW, Downtown Seattle Association and the All Home King County Coordinating Board. She is also the past board chair at Red Eagle Soaring Native Youth Theatre and a past board member at the Pioneer Square Preservation Board.