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Spotlight on Board Member James Collins

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Board Member James Collins

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OutFront Minnesota Board Member James Collins

 

“When I joined the OutFront Board of Directors in 2010, the organization was going through a very difficult time,” said James Collins recently. “It is amazing to see how far we’ve come in just a few years and how vibrant OutFront is today. I think a great deal of our success is due to [Executive Director] Monica Meyer’s leadership. She is so well respected in the LGBT community.”

James moved to Minnesota from Texas six years ago to attend graduate school at the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota. At the same time, he also earned his MBA from the Carlson School of Management. He currently works at Lacek Group, a marketing firm that is part of Ogilvy & Mather.

In addition to his duties as an OutFront board member, James volunteers with Rotary International Youth Exchange. Each year, the Minnesota Chapter sends 5-7 American students to France and Belgium. James knows the value of traveling: he spent a gap year in France and also studied in Chad, Africa as an undergraduate in college.

James appreciates OutFront’s focus on community organizing. “Defeating the amendment last fall and passing the freedom to marry this session is incredible! We have shown the state and the nation that change is possible when we work together,” he exclaimed. “I remember as a teenager watching TV when Ellen came out – I couldn’t believe it. When I think about the progress we’ve made in the past decade, it’s unbelievable! But there’s still more to do. What happened at the Capitol is so important, but we don’t live our lives there. We need to sustain change in our communities and continue to work for equality.”

 
 

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