Colleen Culbertson joined Dogwood Health Trust as Strategic Impact Director and Legal Counsel in December 2019. She was most recently a corporate associate at Munger, Tolles, and Olson, LLP in Los Angeles.
Colleen is a recent graduate of Yale Law School, where her academic and clinical work focused on the representation of and policy surrounding tax-exempt organizations. During law school, she also represented clients involved in several lawsuits, including an innovative challenge to the practice of “prison gerrymandering” in Connecticut.
Colleen began her career at Empire Health Foundation (EHF) as a manager of the foundation’s Obesity Prevention Program, where she worked with multiple large school districts, containing 61% of the region’s children, in the transition from serving heavily processed meals to serving only healthy, scratch-cooked food.
From there, Colleen moved into the role of Interim Director of Programs and Operations for the Family Impact Network (FIN), an EHF subsidiary that implemented performance-based contracting for Washington State’s child welfare system. Colleen served as a “loaned executive” to FIN, supervising a team of seven and directing day-to-day operations with a focus on achieving measurable improvement in outcomes among a network of foster care visitation service providers. In this role, Colleen managed FIN’s relationship with the provider network, which included developing performance data and analysis measures, planning for quality improvement, and supporting FIN’s board of directors. Colleen also oversaw billing and finance systems and coordinated the alpha testing of Washington State’s new IT system for collecting data in child welfare and other social services.
Colleen holds a B.A., magna cum laude, in Anthropology from Princeton University, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.