Braulio Colón is an experienced non-profit executive and education system reform 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; He is responsible for identifying partnership opportunities and facilitating relationships that promote the Foundation's mission of enriching lives through education.
Prior to joining Helios, Mr. Colón was Executive Director and is co-founder of Florida College Access Network, 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. From 2003-2006, Colón also served as Regional Field Director for the Florida Department of Education.
Braulio is Chair of Florida Philanthropic Network’s Education Affinity Group, Co-Chair of University of South Florida’s Alumni Association Strategic Planning Committee, member of LEAP Tampa Bay’s Leadership Council, member of Tampa Bay Partnership’s Regional Talent Working Group, and member of Florida College Access Network’s Strategic Planning Committee.
Raised in Central Florida, Braulio is a public high school graduate of Maynard Evans High School, and a first-generation college graduate of University of South Florida earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications, a Bachelor of Arts in Africana Studies, and a Master of Arts in Public Administration.
Today, 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-Conference NCAA Women’s Basketball athlete Ariel Colón.