John Collins

City Council
Title: City Council Member
Phone: 714-593-4403

John J. Collins was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts.
He is a 1966 graduate of Northeastern University in Boston where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a minor in Economics.  He served two years as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and in 1968 was honored with the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service while in Korea.

Active in community affairs, John served as President of the Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the Board of Directors for over 20 community organizations and corporations. John was elected to the Fountain Valley City Council in 1990 and served seven terms as Mayor.

As Director of Community Programs for Childhelp USA, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the treatment and prevention of child abuse, John served abused and “at risk” children by managing three Childhelp USA programs: Group Home Treatment Program, Foster Family Program, and Child Abuse Prevention Education Program. In 2006, John joined the staff of Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach as his Executive Assistant responsible for analysis and advice regarding matters of County governance and policy. In 2008, John became the Resource Development & Management Manager for Orange County Social Services Agency, Children & Family Services. He is also President and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Southwest Community Center, an organization that provides food, shelter, and clothing to homeless and disadvantaged families and individuals in Orange County.

John is the recipient of many awards, including the Orange County Honored Citizen Designation in 1989. His community service has been recognized by the U.S. Congress, the Massachusetts House of Representatives and the California Legislative Assembly. John was named Fountain Valley’s Citizen of the Year in 1990 and in 1992 was honored with the prestigious Eagle Award, recognizing outstanding national volunteers for the Boys and Girls Clubs. In 1993, John received special recognition from the County of Orange and the City of Santa Ana for his dedicated service to the poor and homeless of Orange County. In 2013, he was honored by the Orange County Sanitation District for his years of “distinguished public service”.

John has worked in management for Fortune 500 companies as well as owning and operating his own business. In 1987, he was named the Business Person of the Year by the Southern California Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. John has a unique blend of qualifications from successful business experience to extensive community service.

John has lived in Fountain Valley for 45 years and has three children, and five grandchildren.

John’s favorite saying is: “We make a living by what we earn. We make a life by what we give.”

Committee Appointments
Advisory Committee for the Disabled, OCTA Cen. Co. Corridor Policy Advi. Comm.-Alternate, SNA River Flood Protection Agency, So. Cal. Joint Powers Ins. Agency

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