Colleen A. Hanrahan has a PhD in Public Policy and Public Administration, and has a background in law and social work. Currently, she is Managing Director of The Institute for the Advancement of Public Policy, Inc. a private consulting firm based in St. John’s, NL, specializing in policy research and analysis in the human services.
Colleen was a member of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board and heard cases related to children in care, including the survivors of Mt. Cashel Orphanage. As a solicitor with the Department of Justice, she was involved in a review of the child protection system. She contributed to the establishment of a modern adoption regime in the province. Through her consulting practice, Colleen has undertaken projects related to services for children, youth, and their families including family justice services, domestic violence, and mental health services.