Regional Program Manager – Europe
Colleen Denny is the Regional Program Manager for Europe. Colleen began her tenure at Spirit of America as the Manager of Citizen-Military Partnerships, responsible for development and fundraising. Prior to joining Spirit of America, Colleen earned her Master’s Degree in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) after serving for eight years in the U.S. Coast Guard.
A native of Buffalo NY, Colleen graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science and a commissioning in the US Coast Guard. During her time in service, she served on three ships including a tour as the Commanding Officer of a Fast Response Cutter. She earned over five years of sea time and also served one tour as a military aide-de-camp. She operated primarily in Central America, the Caribbean, and the Florida Straits conducting counter-narcotics missions, search and rescue missions, and delivering humanitarian aid and relief. In January 2010, she responded to the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Port Au Prince, Haiti. As a responder, Colleen led the first shore excursions into Port Au Prince to provide medical care and humanitarian supplies, and was responsible for coordinating helicopter medical evacuations in and out of the harbor.
In 2018, Colleen served as a Peace Fellow in Kenya, working with warring pastoralist communities in Northern Kenya. She conducted peacebuilding activities with the children of the warring tribes while working with tribal leaders to create economic interdependence and develop food security initiatives between the groups, resulting in a sustained peace for over 15,000 Kenyans.