Board and Staff

Vince Yanez

Senior Vice President, Arizona Community Engagement

Vince Yanez is Senior Vice President, Arizona Community Engagement.  In this role, he leads Helios' staff engagement with the community and stakeholders to improve quality, access, and achievement across the birth-16 education continuum, especially those in high-poverty, Latino communities.

Prior to joining Helios, Mr. Yanez was Executive Director for Education & Public Policy at the Arizona Community Foundation (ACF).  He oversaw all strategic education grantmaking as well as public policy initiatives.  Prior to ACF, Mr. Yanez served as the executive director for the Arizona State Board of Education for nine years.  In that role, he was the board’s chief advocate and policy advisor for issues impacting Arizona’s K-12 public education system.

Mr. Yanez serves on several boards and committees, including:  The Arizona Early Childhood Development and Health Board (First Things First); the Latinx Advisory Council for the Arizona Department of Education; Achieve60AZ; and the Dougherty Foundation.

Mr. Yanez holds a bachelor’s degree in Government and Spanish from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in social work from Arizona State University.

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