“We’re excited to have a leader like Paul join our board of directors,” said John Gomperts, president and CEO, America's Promise Alliance. “He has a deep passion for improving the lives of our children and creating stronger, more resilient communities. That passion, combined with his extraordinary expertise in education, leadership, policy and community mobilization, will prove exceptionally valuable as we ramp up the work of the GradNation Campaign in the coming years.”
The America’s Promise board of directors provides strategic counsel regarding the organization’s mission and work, including the GradNation Campaign. GradNation is a large and growing movement of dedicated individuals, organizations and communities working together to raise the national high school graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020, with no school graduating fewer than 80 percent of its students on time.
“I am humbled and honored to be given the opportunity to serve on the board of America’s Promise Alliance,” said Mr. Luna. “Helios Education Foundation is focused on creating opportunities for students in Arizona and Florida to succeed in postsecondary education and that work is done by advancing student academic preparedness and fostering a high-expectations, college-going culture around those students. I’m excited that there is true synergy between our organization and America’s Promise Alliance, and I look forward to working with them to shine a spotlight on the solutions needed to ensure greater student achievement.”
Other members of the Alliance’s Board of Directors are: Alma J. Powell, chair; C. Gregg Petersmeyer, vice chair; Donna Barksdale, secretary, Barksdale Management Corporation; General Colin L. Powell, founding chairman, USA (Ret); James L. Barksdale, president and CEO, Barksdale Management Corporation; Daniel A. Casey, immediate past chair, YMCA of the USA; Angela Diaz, M.D., M.P.H., director, Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center; Dan Domenech, executive director, American Association of School Administrators; Daniel Erickson, member, Youth Impact Network, America’s Promise Alliance; Raul Fernandez, chairman, ObjectVideo; Harold E. Ford, Jr., managing director and senior client relationship manager, Morgan Stanley; Brian A. Gallagher, president and CEO, United Way Worldwide; Rev. Dr. W. Wilson Goode, Sr., president, Amachi Program; Daniel Hamburger, president and CEO, DeVry Inc.; Larry Klane, global financial institutions group leader, Cerberus Operations and Advisory Company; Charlene Lake, senior vice president, public affairs and chief sustainability officer, AT&T; Dr. John E. Maupin, Jr., president, Morehouse School of Medicine; Rhonda Mims, president, ING Foundation; Andrea Mitchell, chief foreign affairs correspondent, NBC News; Michael Parham, interim general counsel, RealNetworks, Inc.; Kathy Havens Payne, senior director, education leadership, State Farm Insurance Companies; Michael K. Powell, president and CEO, National Cable & Telecommunications Association; Jin Roy Ryu, chairman and CEO, PMX Industries, Inc. & chairman and CEO, Poongsan Corporation (Korea); Stefanie Sanford, Ph.D., chief of global policy and advocacy for the College Board; Richard D. Stephens, former senior vice president of human resources and administration, The Boeing Company; Carmita Vaughan, founder, C. Vaughan & Associates.
About Helios Education Foundation
Helios Education Foundation is focused on creating opportunities for individuals to succeed in postsecondary education by advancing the academic preparedness of all students and fostering a high-expectations, college-going culture in Arizona and Florida. The Foundation focuses its investments across the education continuum in three key impact areas: Early Grade Success, College and Career Readiness and Postsecondary Education Success.
As an engaged foundation, embedded in communities across both states, the Foundation is contributing its leadership, expertise and financial resources to better prepare students for college and career and to compete successfully in a globally-competitive economy. Since 2006, Helios has invested over $138 million in education-related programs and initiatives in Arizona and Florida. For more information about the Foundation, visit www.helios.org, or join us on facebook, twitter and youtube.