Master’s degree in American social history from the University at Albany – SUNY. Bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Michigan. Received her secondary teacher certification at Michigan State University.
Also notable: She is a member of the American Evaluation Association and was elected as a board member of the Michigan Association for Evaluation from 2014 to 2018.
Colleen Graber, president of PPA, specializes in education and workforce development. She is a skilled facilitator, researcher, and manager with experience leading projects requiring complex coordination and development of unique products. Her interests include aligning the educational system with workforce needs, innovation in the public sector, and equity in student and adult outcomes.
Her work has included conducting evaluations of state-level workforce development initiatives, providing strategic support to public-private partnerships, and creating research-based guides. Currently, Ms. Graber is leading the evaluation of a Workforce Innovation Fund grantee project located in Virginia using a randomized controlled trial and other research methods; is managing the evaluation of the Great Start system in Michigan; and is engaged in other studies and consulting projects focused on education (K-12 and postsecondary) and workforce service enhancements in several states.
Prior to joining PPA, Ms. Graber taught at the secondary level and served as an adjunct community college faculty member.