by Jasmine Phiri
April 12, 2021
Director, National Programs,
Build Healthy Places Network
Colleen Flynn is the Director of National Programs at Build Healthy Places Network where she oversees program and project implementation and partnership development. Build Healthy Places Network mission is to shift the way organizations work across the health, community development, and finance sectors to collectively advance equity, reduce poverty, and improve health in neighborhoods across the United States
Colleen brings 20 years of experience crafting community development strategies that address health disparities. Prior to joining the Network, Colleen was the Director of Programs at Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) New York City office. She oversaw multiple programs that incorporate health into LISC’s equitable development efforts. In this role Colleen developed cross-sector collaborations in NYC communities to address food access and green and healthy affordable housing and join health care centers with a variety of community partners.
Before joining LISC in 2010, Colleen worked for PolicyLink, a national organization that advances economic and social equity, and the Neighborhood Parks Council, a nonprofit advocate for parks and open space in San Francisco. Colleen also served as a Municipal Development Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Texas, Austin.