Art Collins

Managing Partner @ theGROUP

Art Collins, Development Committee Co-Chair, Meridian Board of Trustees

Arthur (Art) Collins is a Founding Partner of the Collins | Johnson group, and has over 20 years of experience as a valued advisor on political strategy, public policy and corporate campaigns.

Prior to the Collins | Johnson group, Collins was Chairman and CEO of Public Private Partnership, Inc., which he established in 1990. He led the company’s multifaceted practice that counseled corporate, government, nonprofit and political clients in areas of national security, energy, healthcare, agriculture, information technology, transportation, manufacturing and financial services.

Collins also served as a Senior Political Strategist for the 2008 Obama for America presidential campaign, where he provided leadership on key constituencies in the primary and general elections. Following the general election, Collins was a Public Liaison for the Obama-Biden Transition Project. In 2004, he was a Senior Advisor to the Kerry Presidential Campaign.

Collins is on the board of the Meridian International Center and is Co-Chair of its Corporate Council. He is also a member of the Morehouse School of Medicine Board of Trustees and is Vice-Chair of its Governance and Nominating Committee. Additionally, he is Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Institute’s (CBCI) policy think tank, the 21st Century Council. Previous appointments include membership on the Florida Prepaid College Board, Florida Consumer Council, Florida Small and Minority Business Advisory Council, Florida Governor's Business Advisory Council on Education, and President of the Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Commission. Collins also served on Florida A&M University’s Board of Trustees, where he was elected its first Chairman.

Collins began his professional career as an engineer with the IBM Corporation, where he counseled elected officials and state government executives on how to improve management efficiency through emerging technology. A graduate of Florida A&M University’s School of Business and Industry, Collins was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University in 2009. He has studied at the University of Miami School of Law and abroad at the University of Montpellier in Montpellier, France.

Collins resides in Arlington, Virginia with his wife, youngest son and daughter.