Manager of Citizen-Military Partnerships
Colleen Denny is currently the Manager of Citizen-Military Partnerships. 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 US Coast Guard.
A native of Buffalo, NY, Colleen graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science and a commissioning in the US Coast Guard. During her time in service, she served on three ships earning over five years of sea time and also served 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 2011, she sailed to Western Africa where she trained and developed newly-created Western African nation navies.
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.