Vice President, Florida Student Success Initiatives
As Vice President, Florida Student Success Initiatives, Mr. Colón serves as the strategic lead in the Foundation's community investment and engagement activities designed to increase student success in Florida, particularly in the key metropolitan regions of Tampa, Orlando and Miami. Mr. Colón identifies partnership opportunities and facilitates relationships that promote the Foundation's mission of enriching lives through education.
Prior to joining Helios, Mr. Colón was Executive Director for ENLACE Florida an organization based at the University of South Florida (USF) that engaged communities for higher education by promoting program and policy development designed to influence systemic change and improve college-preparation, access, and completion rates for limited-income, first generation, and underrepresented students. Under Colón's leadership, ENLACE evolved into the Florida College Access Network (Florida C.A.N.!), a statewide network that catalyzes and supports communities to improve college and career readiness, access, and completion for all students. He serves as Chair of FPN’s Tampa Bay Funders Forum and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and USF Alumni Association.
Mr. Colón earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications and Africana Studies and a Master of Arts in Public Administration from the University of South Florida.