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Michael Collins is vice president of the Center for Racial Economic Equity at JFF. He leads the development and implementation of JFF’s strategy to influence the practices of educational institutions, workforce organizations, intermediaries, associations, states, systems, and philanthropy.

His skills and areas of expertise include:

  • Organizational and team leadership
  • Education and workforce development research and reform
  • Public policy and public affairs
  • Advocacy and thought leadership
  • Program design and management

Before joining JFF, Collins was assistant commissioner for participation and success at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, where he collaborated with state and federal officials, educators, and other stakeholders to develop pre-K to postsecondary education policy.

Educational background:

  • Bachelor’s degree in government, University of Texas at Austin
  • Master’s degree in public affairs, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin


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