Cedric Collins grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated from Wittenberg University (Springfield, OH) with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Cedric joined the Ohio Department of Youth Services (ODYS) in 2007 and served as the Legislative Liaison. In that role, Mr. Collins directed legislative initiatives impacting Ohio's juvenile justice system. A few of his proudest legislative accomplishments were the passing of HB 86 (129th Ohio GA) which supported low-risk offenders receiving services in the community versus incarceration and SB 337 (129th Ohio GA) which reduced collateral sanctions so youth could have a second chance upon their return to the community. Later, Mr. Collins accepted a promotion to serve as the Training Academy Director for ODYS. In this role, Cedric focused on delivering new training initiatives to the agency in the most efficient and effective way possible. During his tenure, he implemented an electronic learning management training system and successfully launched the Emerging Leaders Executive Leadership program to prepare participants for future agency leadership positions. In December 2014, Cedric was appointed as the Bureau Chief of Release Authority & Victim Services.
In that role, he supervises the activities of the board members and the Office of Victim Services. Mr. Collins makes decisions regarding the release and discharge of all youth committed to the legal custody of DYS. Under his leadership, he increased parent and family involvement throughout the reentry process, utilized technology to make the Release Authority work functions more efficient and provided improved services to crime victims. Mr. Collins attended Capital University Law School while still working full time. Cedric was admitted to the State of Ohio Bar in November 2012 and the U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio in 2013. He is a member of the Columbus Bar Association and the John Mercer Langston Bar Association. He is also the President of Capital University Law School’s African American Law Alumni Association. His community involvement included serving as a board member/legal counsel for The Raven's Farmers Market, a non-profit organization addressing the food desert in eastside Columbus. Cedric is married to and the couple have two children. Mr. Collins enjoys playing basketball, listening to music, watching sports and going to the movies. In his spare time, Cedric provides legal services to qualified individuals through the Legal Aid Society of Columbus. He is also a member of Gifting Men, an organization through New Birth Christian Ministries, providing mentoring to African American high school students.