Patty Collins

Principal

Patty Collins is a Principal at the McChrystal Group Leadership Institute, working with leaders in organizations to develop lasting solutions for complex challenges.

Patty has extensive leadership and management experience gained from building diverse coalition, military, and governmental agency teams to meet demanding requirements both in the U.S. and deployed. Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Patty retired from the U.S. Army after 24 years of active duty, having spent over seven years assigned to Special Mission units within the Joint Special Operations Command. She has deployed to the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan. During her service, she led from the tactical company level through the directorate level of the Joint Staff. She has experience in a multitude of areas from information technology, knowledge management, strategic leadership, and organizational change. A pioneer in her field, she was one of a small number of women to serve in Special Operations and was the first woman in the Department of Defense to complete the Military Free Fall Jumpmaster Course.

Upon her retirement from service, Patty was a member of the 2016 US Paralympic Team, representing the U.S. in the sport of Triathlon in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Patty holds a Master’s degree from the National War College and a Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University.