Braulio Colón is an experienced non-profit executive and education system-change strategist. His leadership experience has focused on Florida state-based programmatic and policy development work at the state agency, university, community-based, and philanthropic levels.
Mr. Colón serves as Vice President, Florida Student Success Initiatives, at Helios Education Foundation. At Helios, Braulio 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.
Prior to joining Helios, Mr. Colón was Executive Director and co-founder of the Florida College Access Network, an independent organization based at the University of South Florida that engages 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. Mr. Colón’s professional experience also includes years of public agency experience, previously serving as General Manager for Public Relations and Partnership for the Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library Cooperative, and as Field Director for the Florida Department of Education.
Today, Braulio serves on the governing board of the USF Alumni Association as Chair-elect, and serves in an advisory capacity as member of Florida Philanthropic Network’s Education Affinity Group, member of LEAP Tampa Bay’s Leadership Council, and member of Tampa Bay Partnership’s Racial Equity Advisory Group.
Mr. Colón is a two-time graduate from University of South Florida, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications, a Bachelor of Arts in Africana Studies, before earning a Master of Arts in Public Administration. More recently, Colón earned a Certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University.
Braulio lives in Riverview, FL with his wife Dalia and two children, Benjamin and Norah, and is a proud Elon Dad of daughter, scholar, and All-CAA Conference NCAA Women’s Basketball student-athlete Ariel Colón.