Nick Collins joined The Wallace Foundation in 2016. He came to the foundation from Philanthropy New York, a regional association of grantmakers, where he served as executive coordinator. In this role, he worked closely with the office of the president, the board of directors, and the executive and the governance and nominating committees. He also led professional development opportunities for human resources, operations, and administrative and corporate volunteerism staff members at member organizations.
A native of the United Kingdom, Collins moved to New York City in 2004 to work with the International Movement ATD Fourth World, an anti-poverty, peace-building organization. There, he focused on training, facilitation and development of educational programs in low-income communities. He also organized high-level meetings at the United Nations with U.N. staffers, representatives from nongovernmental organizations and families experiencing extreme poverty.
Collins—a senior certified professional of the Society for Human Resource Management—is also a certified professional of The Plan Sponsor University as well as a certified plan sponsor professional of the Plan Sponsor Council of America. In 2023, Collins began a two-year term serving as co-chair of the Foundation Administrators Network, a professional peer network to support human resources and operations professionals at Philanthropy New York member grantmaking organizations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, specializing in human resources management, from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College.