Director of PAACT: Promising All Atlanta Children Thrive
Brittany Collins is a trusted, strategic advisor and equitable education advocate with over 10 years of experience in urban public education, community development, and the non- profit sector.
Prior to joining GEEARS, she served as the Managing Director of Program for OneGoal Metro Atlanta. In that role, she was chiefly responsible for setting, defining and managing the overall direction of the OneGoal program in Atlanta, ensuring efficiency and efficacy in delivery of the model. She collaborated with OneGoal’s national team and leveraged local partners to augment a national model and tailor it to Metro Atlanta’s unique context and community. Under her leadership, she doubled the team’s human capital and managed high performing individuals during local and regional organizational change.
Before joining OneGoal, Brittany served as a Community Development Advisor at Purpose Built Communities, a non-profit, community development consulting firm that works with local leaders to implement a holistic approach to revitalizing distressed neighborhoods. As a Community Development Advisor at Purpose Built Communities, she managed approximately 18 start-up backbone organizations seeking to replicate and implement a national model. She specifically supported the development and identification of resources to deploy targeted housing, education, and community wellness intervention strategies to improve neighborhood health and life outcomes in over 18 cities; and developed tools to formalize public-private partnerships with a focus on scaling high quality early learning programs. Her passion and content matter expertise in early childhood education propelled her to specialize in leading the planning and execution of early learning strategic partnership with clients including traditional districts, charter schools, early learning providers and higher education partners. To date, forming those partnerships are impacting students in over four urban school districts and various entities offering holistic family centered programmatic supports. She served as the organization’s lead liaison with Dr. Jack Shonkoff’s leadership team at the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University to study the effectiveness of the various early learning interventions within the context of neighborhood revitalization efforts. The most exciting component of her role was guiding diverse groups to translate their theory of change into an executable plan with a unified goal.
Brittany’s love for Atlanta was ignited as a student at Spelman College, where she graduated with a B.A. in Psychology. She also earned a Master of Early Childhood Education with honors from Georgia State University. Driving her work is the inflexible belief and obsessive commitment, that all students, regardless of their socioeconomic background, deserve access to equitable systems that intentionally remove barriers to success. She resides in Atlanta with her husband and three children and enjoys traveling abroad and reading the latest mystery novels.