Helios Education Foundation Hires Stacy Carlson as Vice President and Director of Transition Years

Posted on: May 1, 2008

TAMPA, FL — Helios Education Foundation President Paul Luna announced that Stacy Carlson has been hired as the Foundation’s Vice President and Director of Transition Years.  In her new role, Ms. Carlson will work in conjunction with the Foundation’s community  investment team to identify new partnership opportunities and implement the Foundation’s  strategic investment goals in Florida. She comes to the Foundation with close to 10 years of experience in foundation development, educational advocacy and nonprofit capacity building. “Stacy’s educational expertise and statewide experience will complement Helios Education Foundation’s efforts to build strategic partnerships in Florida,” said Foundation President Paul Luna. “Our goal is to change lives through education, and we want to invest in programs and initiatives that will have a meaningful, wide-ranging impact across the education  continuum. We’re pleased to have Stacy on our team and we look forward to her leadership and insight in helping us develop our community investments in Florida.”

Ms. Carlson recently served as executive director of the statewide, member-based organization the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations. In that capacity, she spearheaded the group’s legislative and funding initiatives, advocated for education policy, and helped member foundations build organizational capacity.
“I have been a passionate advocate for enhancing student learning, creating educational opportunities and elevating student achievement in Florida over the past 15 years,” said Vice President and Director of Transition Years Stacy Carlson. “I am so excited to be able to apply that passion and my skills in a way that will support Helios Education Foundation’s investment strategy in Florida, and ultimately pave the way for more students to achieve postsecondary education success.”
In addition to her work at the Consortium, Ms. Carlson once served as a non-profit management and fundraising consultant and also as the Assistant Director of Development at Tufts University. She also worked as Development Director of Communities in Schools at Hillsborough Education Foundation. Ms. Carlson is a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership at the University of Florida and holds a Master of Education from Harvard University. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of South  Florida.

About Helios Education Foundation

Helios Education Foundation is the largest nonprofit organization serving Arizona and Florida focused solely on education, and is dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals by creating opportunities for success in postsecondary education. The Foundation’s community investments are made across three impact areas: Early Childhood Education, the Transition Years (grades 5-12) and Postsecondary Scholarships. Since inception in 2004, the Foundation has invested over $44 million in education-related programs and initiatives across both states.

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