Jake Patrick Collins
Class of 2023
Hometown: North Mankato, Minnesota
Bio: Jake Patrick Collins is a first-year M.A. candidate in the Latin American Studies program at Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service where he is specializing in the United States' strategic competition with China in the Caribbean. His intends to leverage his Georgetown training with his deep international private sector experience in the region with the goal of joining the U.S. State Department to help shape the policy conversation on how the United States should navigate China’s growing influence in the Caribbean.
Born and raised in greater Minnesota, he is a 2016 graduate of Saint John's University (MN) where he majored in Political Science and minored in Hispanic Studies. During his undergraduate experience, he was a member of the men’s soccer team, studied abroad in Segovia, Spain, and spent time living and performing service in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Guatemala.
For the last 7 years, he has lived and worked in Washington, D.C. and the Caribbean leveraging his strong experience supporting high-level strategic thinkers in the private sector, the White House, and the U.S. State Department to help advance international and national security operations and programs – most notably in the Western Hemisphere.
Currently, he is pursuing his graduate training in a part-time capacity while serving at Deborah Brosnan & Associates, a rapidly growing international scientific environmental consulting company. With offices in Washington, D.C. and the Caribbean, he has worked alongside the Company’s President to help advance smart solutions to environmental risks and climate change for the private sector and governments as they seek to boost resilience and sustainability, particularly with Caribbean SIDS.
He is a former Obama/Biden White House intern (OVP) and Obama Administration State Department intern (WHA/MEX). He is an active member of the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) organization and is passionate about promoting LGBTQI+ diversity in national security and foreign affairs.
Concentration: Governance and Leadership
Research Area - Substantive: Great Power Competition, Climate and Resilience, Law Enforcement/Security Cooperation
Research Area - Geographic: Caribbean