Our Leadership

Steve Gilbert
Chief Executive Officer

Leon Baxton
Chief Operating Officer


Jerome Baltazar
Chief Financial Officer

Dane Gilbert
Director, Case Management

Carolyn Lynn
Director, Literacy Division

Eric D. Johnson
Director, After-School Division

Erin Mangan
Director, Resource Development


Our Board of Directors 

Chris Green
Chair; Attorney, Purcell, Flanagan, Hay & Greene, P.A

Josh Woolsey
Vice-Chair; Attorney, Rogers Towers

Ken Sanders
Secretary; VP, American and European-Distribution & Logistics, COACH 

William “Rusty” Russell
Treasurer; Vice President Internal Audits & Compliance, CSX

Michael Stewart
Immediate Past Chair; Chair Director of External Affairs, Jacksonville Aviation Authority

Steve Gilbert
Chief Executive Officer, Communities In Schools of Jacksonville

Kristi Aiello
Senior Manager, Market Development and Community Engagement, Florida Blue

Tracy Arthur
Associate General Counsel, Rayonier

Michael Barker
Senior Manager-Global Inclusion, Diversity and Engagement, Medtronic, Inc.

Honorable Martha Barrett
Vice President Market Development, Bank of America

Honorable Lenny Curry
Mayor, City of Jacksonville

Honorable Betty Burney
Founder/Executive Director, “I’M A STAR” Foundation

Honorable Eleni Derke
Duval County Court Judge

Nancy Dreicer
President/CEO, Chappell Schools

Linda Edwards
Retired, Duval County Public Schools


Jesse Forst
Vice President – Transportation-Infrastructure, RS&H

Diana Haramboure
SVP and Chief Administrative Officer, First Coast Service Options

Dave Howard
Senior VP-Global Sales Operations, FIS Global

Abena Horton
VP & HR Division Counsel, Black Knight Financial Services

Todd Johnson
Chief Legal Officer, Acosta

Janel LeGard
Architect, Senior Design Manager, CPG

Athena Mann
Retired, JEA

Robert Martin
Retired General Manager, Florida Times-Union

Sonny Martin
Certified Public Accountant, GunnChamberlain, P.L.

Honorable Melissa Nelson
State Attorney, The Office of the State Attorney for the 4th Judicial District

Jay Plotkin
Attorney, The Wilner Firm, P.A.

Judy Poppell
Research Fellow, Florida Institute of Education, UNF

Ed Pratt-Dannals
Senior Advisor, District Management Council

Rick Schart
Senior VP- Chain Supply & eCommerce, Stein Mart

Honorable Mike Williams
Sheriff, City of Jacksonville

Patricia Willis
Superintendent, Duval County Public Schools