Board and Staff

Charles Hokanson

Senior Vice President - Florida Community Engagement

Charles Hokanson is Senior Vice President - Florida Community Engagement for Helios Education Foundation, where he leads Helios' staff engagement with the community and stakeholders to improve quality, access, and achievement across the birth-16 education continuum.

Mr. Hokanson’s career has bridged the worlds of nonprofit, private sector, and government policy development and executive management. As President and CEO of Hokanson Consulting Group LLC, Mr. Hokanson provided strategic and public policy advice to nonprofit, think tank, trade association, and federal and state agency clients.  Mr. Hokanson previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education, as president or executive vice president of three national education reform nonprofits, and as professional staff to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce.

Mr. Hokanson graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University, earning a BA in History and American Studies and an MA in History, before earning JD and Master of Public Policy degrees at the Harvard Law School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government. 

He currently serves as a Trustee of the Florida Chamber Foundation and as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hostelling International USA. Mr. Hokanson is also a member of the advisory boards for the Center for Postsecondary Success at Florida State University, the Florida College Access Network (serving as Chairman), the Florida TaxWatch Center for Educational Performance and Accountability, the Business Alliance for Early Learning, and Future Plans USA, LLC.

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