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: Ms. Graber serves on the board of directors of the Michigan Evaluation Association and is a member of the Association for the Study of Higher Education and the American Educational Research Association.
Colleen E. Graber is co-owner of Public Policy Associates, Inc. and leads the Education and Workforce team. She is a skilled facilitator, qualitative researcher, and manager with experience leading projects requiring complex coordination and development of unique products.
Ms. Graber has guided numerous collaborative initiatives. Her work has included evaluation of state-level workforce development pilots and providing strategic support to public-private partnerships on homelessness. She has also led projects creating a guide to green jobs for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau and a research report for the National Women’s Business Council on the connection between business growth and self-perceptions among women business owners.
She heads a technical assistance project for promise scholarship initiatives (place-based universal college scholarship programs) in nine Michigan communities. She is also the project manager for the Rhode Island On-Ramps to Career Pathways evaluation.
Prior to joining PPA, Ms. Graber taught at the secondary level and served as an adjunct community college faculty member.