A native of Meridian, Jennifer Riley-Collins served as the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi before recently stepping down amid her run for attorney general.

Riley-Collins received a bachelor’s degree from Alcorn State University in 1987, a master’s degree in criminal justice administration in 1993 from the University of Central Texas, and Juris Doctor in 1999 from Mississippi College School of Law.

Riley-Collins is also a veteran. She served in the U. S. Army from 1985 to 1999, where she reached the rank of colonel. She was also a member of the U.S. National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve from 1999 to 2017.

She is also a member of the Project Equity advisory board and the Mississippi Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

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Will Stribling covered healthcare and breaking news for Mississippi Today.