Ellie Collinson uses her skills and ideas to bring new programs to the Citizens Project. In her first year as executive director, she increased fundraising by 20 percent and dramatically raised the organization’s profile.
Her success stems from her previous work at Citizens Project as a program director. She gained hands-on experience supervising staff and about six volunteers for special events and other program areas.
Collinson’s commitment also can be found in her involvement in the community. She took an active role in developing the Pikes Peak Gay and Lesbian Community Center and bringing it to the forefront of the community. As chairwoman of the professional development and mentoring subcommittee for the Colorado College Civic Engagement Fellowship Program, Collinson facilitated the design of a professional development plan for yearlong fellows and summer fellows.
While attending Colorado College, majoring in Asian studies with a minor in music, Collinson received the J. Juan Reid award in recognition of service and scholarship. She is attending the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, working toward a master’s degree in public administration.
Collinson also is a 2005 graduate of the Community Leadership Program at Center for Creative Leadership.