Professor Coll-Tellechea is an experienced academic committed to public service who maintains an active public profile in the community. She served on Mayor Walsh's Transition Task Force (Human Services) and the City of Boston's Diversity Task Force. She frequently volunteers as a translator and interpreter for Massachusetts nonprofits working with immigrants and refugees. Born in Spain, she arrived in the United States with limited English skills and great hope. She has lived in this country most of her life and considers herself an "American by choice." Professor Coll-Tellechea lives in Dorchester with her wife, Shauna.