Colleen Durfee grew up in Columbus, Ohio and attended the Ohio State University for her undergraduate degree in Geography and Spanish. She completed her Master's in City and Regional Planning at UNC Chapel Hill. While there, she was a fellow of the Department of Homeland Security's Coastal Resilience Center for Excellence. She realized her passion for sustainable, equitable, and inclusive development while working on disaster recovery planning in North Carolina after Hurricane Matthew.
She is a firm believer that the built environment should be designed to improve the quality of life for all and increase our resilience to any kind of shock. She is a recent transplant to St. Louis and is a part of the Rise Young Professionals Board. In her spare time, she enjoys throwing pottery, playing basketball, and baking.