Michael Lawrence Collins, M.P.A., is Associate Vice President for Postsecondary State Policy at Jobs for the Future (JFF). He is part of a team of policy strategists that provide strategic consultation and technical assistance to states and state systems that seek to accelerate community college reform to dramatically improve the number and share of students who attain credentials with value in the labor market.
Mr. Collins joined JFF in 2004 as a program director in the Youth Transitions Cluster where his portfolio included policy development for P-16 (preschool through college) alignment and community college reform. He has led JFF's state policy work for nationally recognized initiatives--Achieving the Dream and the Developmental Education Initiative over the past nine years. During his time at JFF he has convened leading education and policy thought leaders; supported a national network of policy innovators; published policy briefs, articles, and blogs; and presented at college, state, and national conferences throughout the country. Mr. Collins was promoted to Associate Vice President for Postsecondary State Policy in 2011. He is a part of a team that leads JFF's Postsecondary State Policy Network, a multistate collaboration of 13 states committed to advancing state polices that accelerate community college reform. JFF's postsecondary state policy teams provides technical assistance to the Kresge Foundation Student Success Centers Initiative; the Achieving the Dream state policy network; and serves as the national assistance partner for policy for Completion By Design, a postsecondary completion initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to joining JFF, Mr. Collins served as Assistant Commissioner for Participation and Success at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
Mr. Collins earned a Masters of Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. He lives in Newton, Massachusetts with his wife Dana and two sons: Christopher and Dashel.