Md. and Washington Government Relations Director
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Inc.
Throughout her career in government and policy work, Jocelyn Collins has been driven by her passion for public service.
“From youth, I always loved giving back and making the world a better place,” she said. “… While I am a lobbyist, I am an advocate at heart first. I am really ensuring that we are not only making change to better the health and wellbeing of Maryland but making change that is for generations to come.”
Graduating from McDaniel College with a bachelor’s degree in political science and international studies, Collins worked as a legislative aide and later legislative director in the office of Del. Elizabeth “Susie” G. Proctor, D-Charles and Prince George’s. She also served as the District 23B Democratic Central Committeewoman for the Prince George’s County Democratic Central Committee. Since 2018, she has been the Maryland and Washington government relations director for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Inc.
She notes the proudest accomplishment of her career thus far was to lead the 2019 Tobacco 21 campaign which asked for an increase in the age of tobacco product sales to 21. It became law in October.
“The key to my success has been and continues to be my go-getter, never-give-up personality,” she said. “I use my strong communication skills along with my empathy, integrity, passion and decisiveness to help people and organizations achieve their goals.”
As a part of the New Leaders Council, Collins was named co-chair of the National Black Caucus in June and serves as co-director and board member for the Maryland chapter.
“Now, even more than ever, it is so important that we are doing this and we are training the next generation of leaders to lead a better world,” she said.