Vice President, Florida Student Success Initiatives
As Vice President, Florida Student Success Initiatives, Mr. Colón serves as a 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 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. Colón serves as Chair of Florida Philanthropic Network’s Education Affinity Group, Co-Chair of the University of South Florida Alumni Association Strategic Planning Committee, member of the LEAP Tampa Bay Leadership Council, member of the Tampa Bay Partnership Regional Talent Working Group, and member of the Florida College Access Network Strategic Planning Committee.
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.