Board and Staff

Charles Hokanson

Senior Vice President, Community Engagement and Strategic Partnerships

Charles Hokanson is Senior Vice President, Community Engagement and Strategic Partnerships 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 in Florida.

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 Chairman of the Florida Education Foundation’s Board of Directors and also serves as Chairman of Hostelling International USA. Mr. Hokanson serves on the governing boards of the Florida Chamber Foundation (investment committee chair), Florida Philanthropic Network (policy committee chair), and Tampa Bay Economic Development Council. Mr. Hokanson is also a member of the advisory boards for the Florida College Access Network (Chairman), Florida TaxWatch’s Education and Workforce Policy Council (Vice Chairman), the Florida College System’s Student Success Center, the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations, the Center for Postsecondary Success at Florida State University, and Teach for America Miami-Dade.

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