The Management Team

The Edward Lowe Foundation was established by Ed and Darlene Lowe in 1985. In contrast to most U.S. foundations, which are grant-giving entities, we are an operating foundation that funds its own programs.

Colleen Killen-Roberts

Divisional VP of Entrepreneurship

Overview: leads the foundation’s entrepreneurship division and technology services

Management team

Colleen Killen-Roberts was recruited to the foundation in 2015. In April 2016 she was promoted to director of entrepreneurship and then named divisional vice president of entrepreneurship in December 2018. In her current role she leads the entrepreneurship team in developing programs that help second-stage entrepreneurs get to the next level, including the System for Integrated Growth, PeerSpectives® Roundtables, the American Academy of Entrepreneurs and Leader Retreats at Big Rock Valley. Killen-Roberts also cultivates appropriate partners to deliver these programs throughout the country and manages the rollout process.

A trained business coach, Killen-Roberts has more than 20 years of operational and fiscal management experience. She played a key role in several second-stage companies as director of operations, CFO and chief of staff, guiding these companies to profitability and record growth. Most recently, she was the director of business operations at Emerson School, a nationally recognized nonprofit school for gifted children in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Among professional recognitions, Killen-Roberts was a finalist in the 2007 Crain’s Detroit Business CFO of the Year award and a Golden Key winner in the 2006 TEC Group for being a leader of leaders.

Killen-Roberts currently serves on the board of Michigan Celebrates Small Business and the Michigan Manufacturing Growth Alliance. In addition to promoting entrepreneurship, she is passionate about her family, pets and community. A past board member at the Kalamazoo Humane Society, she co-chaired a capital campaign that raised more than $4.75 million for an animal resource center, and she continues to volunteer at the organization.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in administration, accounting and management at the University of Michigan and earned an MBA from Eastern Michigan University, graduating magna cum laude.