Colleen Maleski specializes in addressing organizational challenges and opportunities through systemic, community-driven solutions. Over the course of her career, Colleen has supported organizations ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies spanning the non-profit, corporate, government and education sectors.
An effective communicator, Colleen is adept at tailoring an organization’s messages and strategies to genuinely engage diverse audiences and inspire them to action. She builds authentic opportunities for stakeholder engagement, supporting clients in building trust with the communities they serve and gaining valuable input to drive organizational decision-making. Her passion focuses on the intersection of equity and access to health care, education and transportation.
Prior to GBSM, Colleen dedicated a decade to cross-sector collaboration in service of better educational and economic outcomes. She developed innovative approaches to philanthropy and new models for organizations to co-design solutions with community members. Colleen also facilitated events, leadership programs and strategic planning processes that delivered results while embodying the organizations’ values.
Colleen started her career in corporate communications at Raytheon. While there, she earned accolades for the meaningful impact she created in targeted communities through her corporate social responsibility initiatives. She also led a number of executive communications strategies during times of internal change and economic uncertainty.
Colleen earned her Bachelor of Arts in strategic communications and business marketing from The Ohio State University and a Master of Public Policy at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. She is an alumna of the Denver Community Leadership Forum and earned a certificate in corporate social responsibility at CU Boulder’s Leeds School of Business. She also holds a Six Sigma Green Belt Certification.
Colleen enjoys hiking with her rescue husky, stand-up paddle boarding, traveling and reading. She is an active volunteer with a local book access organization, BookGive, and serves on a community advisory committee for The Denver Foundation.