MPP, University of Chicago
Researcher, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

Colleen Schlecht is a Researcher at Chapin Hall and leads the evaluation efforts for the Doris Duke Fellowships for the Promotion of Child Well-Being. Since joining Chapin Hall in 2010, Ms. Schlecht’s research has focused on workforce development, coordinated early childhood care, home visiting, and child abuse and neglect prevention. Her current work on the Voices of Youth Count initiative includes surveying service providers in 22 counties around the country to gain a better understanding of the services available to runaway and unstably housed youth, as well as the gaps in services for these youth. Additionally, she is leading the formative evaluation of an Opportunity Youth pilot project that provides young adults with employment-focused education and intense career navigation, and is working on the Family Self-Sufficiency Data Center.

Prior to coming to Chapin Hall, Colleen worked for the National Governors Association helping corporate partners connect with the NGA’s Center for Best Practices and interned with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Office of the Regional Health Administrator for the Building a Healthier Chicago initiative.

Colleen Schlecht holds a Masters of Public Policy from the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago and a B.A. in Public Policy Studies from Duke University.