About Collins P.
Mr. Collins Pettaway, III is a proud native of Selma, Alabama and a 2007 graduate of Selma High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 2011 and a Master of Science degree in Communications Studies specializing in Political Communications in 2018 from the Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical (A&M) University.
After receiving his bachelor’s degree, Mr. Pettaway acquired a trade in transportation, logistics, and supply chain with the United Parcel Service (UPS) in Huntsville, Alabama where he worked as Operations Manager. Throughout his tenure, the Huntsville, Alabama UPS Operations Team held the #1 ranking against 10 other operations’ teams throughout the Tennessee Valley. Yet three months after completing his graduate degree, he heard a divine call and resigned from his current position to relocate to his hometown of Selma, Alabama to begin a career in public service there. Upon his return home, Mr. Pettaway worked as a Regional Field Director for the 2018 campaign of gubernatorial candidate Walt Maddox. He is the founder of the Pettapull Firm, LLC – specializing in political campaigns, strategic communications, and event marketing. Currently, he holds the titles of Partnership Specialist with the United States Census Bureau and Integrated Education and Training Recruiter for Wallace Community College Selma’s Workforce Development program.
Among his professional endeavors, Collins serves his community through a plethora of civic engagement initiatives and through his local church ministries. While in college, he served as an active member of the First Missionary Baptist Church in Huntsville, Alabama’s Young Adults in Ministry (YAM) through the leadership roles of choir director, social events committee chairman, and vice-president of outreach. He also served as the Co-Minister of Music at the St. Mark Baptist Church in Huntsville and as a music instructor for the Maitland Conservatory. Presently, Collins is a member of the Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church in Selma, Alabama where he supervises the Crusaders Ministry and assists with the direction of the Sanctuary Choir and Vocal Ensemble.
Mr. Pettaway volunteered his time to mentor local youth while serving as the Baseball Coach for the Huntsville Northern League and as a volunteer for several local political campaigns. He is active in numerous organizations which include but are not limited to: the National Communication Association, The Black Belt Young Professionals Coalition, the Dallas County Democratic Executive Committee, the Pride of Alabama Elks Lodge #1170 where he serves as State Chaplain, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America, Incorporated. Additionally, he is the Executive Director of the Selma High School Alumni Association and he was recently nominated to serve on the board of directors of the Selma-Dallas County Historic Preservation Society.
Mr. Pettaway loves music, baseball, and giving back to the community. In his spare time, he likes to rest, read, and write articles for his blog – The Progressive Pundit and he is currently preparing to launch his podcast -- The Black Constitution. He is a firm believer in I Corinthians 2:9, “But it is written: Eyes have not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”