Vice President, Florida Student Success Initiatives
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 by promoting program and policy development designed to influence systemic change, catalyzing community collaboration, and improving college-preparation, access, and completion rates for limited-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students. Mr. Colón’s professional experience 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.
Colón sits on the governing board of the Florida Policy Institute, and is Chair-elect of the USF Alumni Association Board of Directors. Colón also serves as member of the USF Presidential Search Committee, a member of LEAP Tampa Bay’s Leadership Council, and member of UCF’s Center for Community Schools Advisory Board.
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 Dad of daughter, scholar and All-Conference NCAA Women’s Basketball athlete Ariel Colón.