Colleen Horton joined the Hogg Foundation in 2010 as program officer. She leads the foundation’s mental health policy unit and manages policy-related grants and activities. She also provides information and technical assistance upon request to legislators, legislative staff, state agency staff, as well as consumers and families on mental health topics.
Prior to her work with the foundation, Horton was public policy director and a children’s policy specialist at the Texas Center for Disability Studies, where she gained extensive knowledge and experience in legislative and administrative rulemaking processes. Before that she was an advocacy coordinator for Texas Advocates Supporting Kids with Disabilities.
Horton is an active presence in many areas of disability and mental health policy. Outside of her work with the Hogg Foundation, Horton recently was appointed to the Texas Medical Care Advisory Committee. She also is a member of the Promoting Independence Advisory Committee, the Consumer Directed Services Advisory Committee and the Money-Follows-the-Person Advisory Committee.
Horton earned a master’s degree in public affairs and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from The University of Texas at Austin.