Director, Health Care Compliance Program
Assistant Teaching Professor
R.N., College of St. Teresa
J.D., William Mitchell College of Law
Barbara Colombo is assistant teaching professor and director of the Health Care Compliance Certification Program at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Her responsibilities include the ongoing management and strategic growth and development of the nationally recognized Health Care Compliance Certificate Program. While at Hamline Law, she launched the distance learning (online) Health Care Compliance Certificate Program in 2012 and served as the faculty lead for both the J.D. and online programs. Prior to her affiliation with Hamline, she served as an independent legal and policy consultant, providing advice to corporate, individual and nonprofit clients.
Colombo served as the assistant commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Health for seven years. Her responsibilities included the regulation of HMOs and other managed care entities, long-term care facilities, local public health delivery systems, maternal and child health, and various health occupations. She was responsible for managing a budget in excess of $10M. Colombo graduated with honors from William Mitchell College of Law and practiced with the law firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller and Ciresi in the areas of medical malpractice, personal injury, and products liability. She also served as general counsel and vice president of enterprise development for a health plan.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Colombo practiced as a critical care registered nurse with St. Mary’s Hospital-Rochester, the University of Minnesota Hospital, and Abbott Northwestern Hospital.
Colombo was a member of the board of directors for Animal Humane Society until 2014, and currently serves as president of the Minnesota Horse Welfare Coalition where she and her partners launched the Minnesota Hay Bank in 2012. Ms. Colombo was appointed by Governor Mark Dayton to the Minnesota Racing Commission in July 2015.