Colleen Laing is the associate director of planning and public policy for United Way of King County (Washington). She was formerly principal consultant in Laing Communications, a professional writing consulting firm. She has worked extensively on human services and criminal justice policy issues and is well versed in many public policy areas. She previously worked as a research analyst and research and grants unit manager for the Seattle Police Department. Laing has a master's degree in public administration from the University of Southern California's Public Affairs Center in Washington, D.C., and a bachelor's degree in political science from Santa Clara University.