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Vince Yanez to Join Helios Education Foundation as Vice President, Arizona Latino Student Success

Author: Helios Education Foundation

Posted on: May 2, 2016

Helios Education Foundation is excited to announce the addition of Vince Yanez to its staff as Vice President, Arizona Latino Student Success. Mr. Yanez will play an integral role in implementing the Foundation’s college and career ready and postsecondary education investment strategies in Arizona. He will work as part of the Foundation’s Community Impact team led by Senior Vice President and Chief Impact Officer Linda Thompson to improve academic preparedness and foster college-going and completing cultures for Arizona students, especially those in high poverty, Latino communities. Mr. Yanez begins his new role at Helios on June 1, 2016. 

“Helios is thrilled to have Vince join the Foundation at this pivotal time during the evolution of our Community Impact strategies but also at a pivotal time in education in Arizona,” said the Foundation’s President and CEO Paul Luna. “Helios cares about all students and we are invested in the success of every student, but we also recognize that Arizona’s changing demographics make it imperative that we work to close the Latino student achievement gap in this State. Vince will help drive the Foundation’s strategies toward meeting that goal.”

“I am looking forward to joining the Helios team and continuing my passion for improving Arizona’s education system,” said Mr. Yanez. “Education is top of mind across our communities right now and this is our opportunity to work collaboratively to ensure our students receive a high-quality education that will prepare them to succeed in life.”

Mr. Yanez comes to Helios from the Arizona Community Foundation (ACF) where he has served as Executive Director for Education & Public Policy since 2013. In that role, Vince has managed the staff responsible for ACF’s sizeable college scholarship program and its School Tuition Organization, which provides private school scholarships to high-need K-12 students. 

Additionally, Vince oversaw all strategic education grantmaking, working closely with the Board of Directors for the Ellis Center for Educational Excellence, an ACF Supporting Organization. Vince was also responsible for ACF’s public policy initiatives and worked closely with the board committee overseeing policy work. 

Prior to joining the ACF staff, Vince served as executive director for the Arizona State Board of Education for nine years. Vince first joined the State Board of Education staff in 1997, rising through the ranks and earning the respect of State Board members, legislators, two Arizona governors and business and education leaders throughout Arizona. As Executive Director, he was the chief advocate and policy advisor for issues impacting Arizona’s K-12 public education system. Vince holds a bachelor’s degree in Government and Spanish from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in Social Work from Arizona State University. 

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