Colleen joined Rise in 2018 as a Project Manager, where she helped coordinate the real estate development process for Rise and its partners before to transitioning into the role of CDFI Director. Prior to joining Rise, Colleen was Asset Manager – Compliance for St. Louis Equity Fund, and Vice President of its affiliate, Gateway Community Development Fund, a certified CDFI. Colleen has over 14 years of experience in the housing and community development finance field. She received both her Bachelor’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance and Master’s in Public Policy Administration from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, along with a Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management. Colleen is an active board member for Tower Grove Neighborhoods Community Development Corporation, the Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis, and a committee member for Northside Community Housing, Inc.