Staff & Board

Our Leadership

The Florida Education Foundation is led by the Commissioner of Education and a private sector board of directors. The Board meets quarterly.


Connie E. W. Smith Chair

Sr. Vice President
Diverse Community Capital
Program Manager
Wells Fargo
Jacksonville, FL

Jennifer L. Grove Vice Chair

Workforce Development Coordinator
Gulf Power Company
Pensacola, FL

Maureen Wilt Treasurer

Education Program Manager
Florida Power & Light LLP
Juno Beach, FL

Thomas Loftus

Area Vice President
State Farm
Tampa, FL

Alan J. Levy

President & CEO
Great American Farms
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

John Merlino

External/Legislative Affairs
Regional Director
Miami, FL

Raquel Egusquiza

Vice President, Community Affairs NBCU Telemundo Enterprises

Charles Hokanson

Senior Vice President and Chief Policy Officer Helios Education Foundation

Ex-Officio Members

Mary Chance

Executive Director
Consortium of Florida Education Foundations
Gainesville, FL

Jessica Solano

2017 Macy’s Florida
Teacher of the Year
Lakeland, FL

Tammy Jerkins

2018 Macy’s Florida
Teacher of the Year
Fruitland Park, FL


Tracy Pierce

Executive Director

Laurie Levine

Operations Manager

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