Vice President, Florida Student Success Initiatives
Helios Education Foundation
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. 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 co-founded and was Executive Director for the Florida College Access Network, a statewide organization based at the University of South Florida that engages communities for higher education promoting program and policy development to influence systemic change, catalyzing community collaboration, and improving college-preparation, access, and completion rates for first-generation, minority, and underrepresented students. Mr. Colón’s professional journey 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’s Office of External Affairs and Communications.
Today, Colón sits on the governing boards of the Florida Policy Institute, USF Alumni Association, USF Foundation, and Florida PTA. He also serves on the advisory board of UCF’s Center for Community Schools and is a member of LEAP Tampa Bay’s Leadership Council.
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 and FIU Dad of Ariel Colón.