Colleen Dawicki is the Deputy Director of the Working Cities Challenge, coordinating the competition and supporting cities across southern New England while leading internal learning for the Boston Fed’s Working Places team. In addition to supporting smaller cities through the Challenge, she co-leads Leaders for Equitable Local Economies (LELE), which supports leaders in four Massachusetts cities working to shift their civic infrastructures in ways that make their local economies more racially equitable.
Before joining the Boston Fed in late 2014, Colleen worked with smaller cities to provide urban policy research and technical assistance as UMass Dartmouth Urban Initiative director. Colleen is also a fellow with MassINC’s Gateway Cities Innovation Institute and a member of the School Committee in her small city home of New Bedford, MA. She holds a Master of Public Policy degree from UMass Dartmouth and a B.A. in public and private sector organizations from Brown University.