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Craig Richard
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Helios Education Foundation

Helios Education Foundation is dedicated to creating opportunities for individuals in Arizona and Florida to achieve a postsecondary education. The Foundation’s work is driven by four fundamental beliefs in Community, Investment, Equity, and Partnership. Helios invests in programs and initiatives across the full education continuum – from early grade success through postsecondary education. In Arizona, where Latino students comprise the largest percentage of the K-12 public school population, the Foundation is implementing its Arizona Latino Student Success initiative focused on preparing all students – especially students in high poverty, underserved Latino communities – for success. Through Helios’ Florida Regional Student Success Initiative, the Foundation is helping underserved, minority, first-generation students from the state’s large population centers in of Tampa, Orlando, and Miami achieve a postsecondary education. Since 2006, the Foundation has invested more than $233 million in education programs and initiatives in both states.




Paul J. Luna

Paul J. Luna is a nationally recognized leader in philanthropy, education, and community development.  Since 2006, he has served as President and CEO of Helios Education Foundation, leading the foundation’s efforts to create opportunities for individuals to succeed in postsecondary education.  Mr. Luna guides the strategic direction of the organization, cultivating strong community relationships, and initiating strategic partnerships in Arizona and Florida.

 

Mr. Luna is a graduate of Stanford University where, as a first-generation college student, he earned a degree in Civil Engineering.  Mr. Luna currently serves on the National College Access Network Board of Directors, the America’s Promise Alliance Board of Directors, the Partnership for Economic Innovation Board of Directors, and the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities President’s Council. Mr. Luna also serves on numerous Arizona-based boards and was Founding Chair of the Expect More Arizona Board of Directors.

Paul J. Luna
President and CEO