Originally from Mililani, Hawaii, Collin graduated from Willamette University with a degree in economics and Spanish. He has taught English to immigrant farm workers, helped design a survey evaluating an Individual Development Accounts program, conducted research on poverty in Hawai‘i, and interned with the Governor of Oregon. Collin also studied in Spain and was named a Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow in 2007.
Field placement: Solid Ground
Collin examined the effects of federally funded supportive services on the health of seniors and people with disabilities in Seattle's public housing. He designed a research project utilizing a seven language survey of residents and analyzed secondary data to document the positive effects of the programs on residents' health.
Policy placement: New America Foundation
Collin worked on asset building policies impacting low-income people. He assisted with the development of policy for a prepaid debit card account for unbanked persons that can be opened on the tax form, which was piloted by the U.S. Treasury in 2010. He also co-authored an analysis of the President's budget and a paper on savings and financial services innovations at tax time.