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November 28, 2001
Mayor Names Director of the Office of Boards and Commissions
(Washington, DC) Mayor Anthony A. Williams announced today that he has named Ronald R. Collins to be the director of the Office of Boards and Commissions. An attorney, Collins has extensive experience in municipal public policy in the areas of contracting and procurement, health and human services, and systems management. In his new position, Collins will be responsible for facilitating the Mayor’s appointments of residents to the District’s numerous boards and commissions.
“Given his extensive experience working for the District government and his demonstrated interest in community service, Ron Collins understands the important role that appointed commissioners play in municipal government and is well-qualified to assist me in seating qualified and interested individuals on our city’s boards,” said Mayor Williams.
Prior to his appointment, Collins served as the senior policy officer in the DC Office of Contracting and Procurement. He has also served as the Agency Chief Contracting Officer for DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services, the Chief of Staff and Agency Chief Contracting Office for the DC Department of Health, and the Deputy Director (Acting) and Chief of Staff for the DC Department of Human Services. Before joining the Department of Human Services, Collins was the Staff Director for the DC Council Committee on Human Services where he also served as Chief of Staff to former Councilmember H. R. Crawford.
Collins is active in many community organizations including: the DC State Health Planning and Development Council, the Metropolitan Washington HIV Planning Council, the Mayor’s Early Childhood Development Coordinating Committee, the DC Commission on Public Health’s Health Policy Forum, the DC Coordinating Committee on Early Intervention Services, the Ward 2 Redistricting Task Force, the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly, the Ward 2 Democrats, and the Board of Directors of the Whitman Walker Clinic.
Collins has received several awards from community groups including the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, the DC Office on Aging, the Latin American Youth Center, and the DC Association for Retarded Citizens. He received the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance Community Appreciation Award and the “Outstanding Public Service Recognition Resolution” from the Council of the District of Columbia for over 10 years of dedicated public service.
In 1977, Collins received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Scranton, and in 1980 he graduated from the Dickinson School of Law at Pennsylvania State University. He is a native Washingtonian who currently resides in Southwest Washington.
The Office of Boards and Commissions is located at Judiciary Square, 441 4th Street, NW, in Room 1050 North. The office will move in January to the John A. Wilson Building.
Collins’ appointment became effective on November 19, 2001.
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