September 28, 2020

Luz Corcuera, Braulio Colón join Florida Policy Institute’s Board of Directors

This post was last updated on December 8, 2021. As new policies are announced, FPI will update this page.

As Florida’s response to COVID-19 takes front and center, concern grows for low-income families who struggle to take precautions against the spread of the virus. Although Congress has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to address, at least in part,  the public health crisis and economic fallout from COVID-19, many barriers continue to keep struggling families from accessing the assistance they need during the pandemic. As Florida initiates policies implementing the Act and addressing other barriers to the safety net, FPI will update this form. When available, hyperlinks are provided to agency documents or statements that provide greater detail  about the new policy.

On March 22, 2020, FPI and 44 other organizations sent a letter to Governor DeSantis, leadership in the Legislature and agency heads to urge action on 47 specific policy changes to reduce unnecessary barriers for Florida’s safety net programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the letter here.

New board members come with extensive backgrounds in education and health

ORLANDO, Fla. - Luz Corcuera and Braulio Colón have joined Florida Policy Institute’s (FPI’s) Board of Directors.

“We are thrilled to welcome Luz and Braulio,” said Robert C. Osborne Sr., chair of FPI’s Board. “Their vast experience in education, health, and community engagement will help steer FPI as we continue our push toward the ultimate goal of shared prosperity for all Floridians.”

Luz Corcuera is the executive director of UnidosNow, a nonprofit organization committed to empowering Hispanic/Latinos to achieve the American dream through education, integration, and civic engagement. Luz has a proven track record in community-building and engagement. She previously served as program director for Healthy Start Manatee and as a community health director for the Florida Department of Health in Manatee. Luz is passionate about education, health, and cultural competency. Her significant work includes developing and overseeing diverse community-based initiatives to empower underserved and at-promise communities via prevention and education.

She has been recognized with numerous awards for building strong relationships in the Manasota region with private, public, faith-based, and civic organizations to close the education achievement gap, reversing negative health trends, and empowering people to civic integration.

Luz was born in Peru and emigrated to Canada where she practiced as a psychotherapist for 16 years, before moving to Florida in 2000. She remains a clinical member of the Ontario Society of Registered Psychotherapists. She earned a bachelor’s in Clinical Psychology and a master’s in Pastoral Ministry.

Braulio Colón serves as vice president of 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, Colón was executive director of Florida College Access Network. The organization, which he co-founded, is based at the University of South Florida and 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.  

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.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the need for common-sense state policies that ensure economic security for all Floridians,” added Knight. “We look forward to working with our new board members on pushing for state and federal policies that reduce health and other disparities that have only grown since the onset of this crisis.”

FPI is an independent, nonpartisan and nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing state policies and budgets that improve the economic mobility and quality of life for all Floridians.

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