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Racquel Collins - Endorsed Candidate Bio

Future901 is excited to endorse Racquel Collins as she runs for the Shelby County Commissioner for District 1. Future901 will be hosting a Meet & Great early February where the public is invited to meet all Future901 endorsed candidates and donate to their campaigns. Read on to learn about Racquel and how she plans to build a greater Shelby County:


A military child, Racquel Collins was born in the Philippines and raised in D’Iberville, MS. To follow in her father’s footsteps, she also joined the Air Force, where she learned critical teamwork and leadership skills while trainingfighter pilots in electronic enemy warfare. Passionate about pediatric cancer research since childhood, Racquel returned to college after completing her service in 1996 and earned her BS in Medical Technology from Radford University in 2001 and her PhD in Cancer and Radiation Biology from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in 2008. 

Her career at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital began in 2008 as a postdoctoral fellow. In 2011, she joined the Molecular Pathology Laboratory as a board-certified medical technologist, where she was responsible for genetic testing and assay development. During that time, Racquel earned her MBA from the University of Memphis. In 2014, she became the director of Scientific Lab Operations, where she provided administrative and supervisory direction for Scientific Operations and oversaw institution-led laboratory shared resources. Racquel joined the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in 2016, where her responsibilities include marketing, recruiting, admissions and mentoring. 


Why I'm Running

As a veteran, Racquel will fight for comprehensive and timely veterans services because we should be putting it all on the line for those who put it all on the line for us. As a higher education administrator and mother, she will fight for public education, including universal pre-K and programs that prepare students for both vocational-technical careers and college. As a citizen who wants to foster a prosperous future for our community, Racquel will fight for improved infrastructure that allows Memphis and surrounding Shelby County to be a preferred destination for growth in new industry and commerce. As the District 1 County Commissioner, Racquel will wake up every day fighting for her community and making sure every citizen has the opportunity for a better life.

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Racquel Collins for Shelby County Commission District 1


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