Steve Colón, Chief Executive Officer
Steve’s lifelong advocacy for educational equity comes from personal experience. He grew up in Brentwood, New York, a majority LatinX community and was the first in his family to earn a college degree. This experience helped to solidify his belief in the transformative impact a bachelor’s degree can have on a family for generations.
Prior to joining Bottom Line, Steve was the Senior Vice President of Organization-Wide Learning and Strategy for Teach For America (TFA). His work focused on catalyzing TFA’s growth into a world-class learning organization.
Before TFA, Steve spent 12 years with the College Board where he led strategic, analytic, and operational teams for large national programs including, Advanced Placement (AP), SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and BigFuture.org. His last three years at College Board focused on managing their portfolio of college access programs and services and finding innovative ways to improve the college-going and completion rates of low-income and first-generation students on a national level.
Steve currently serves on the Board of the National College Access Network (NCAN), a membership organization focused on strengthening and empowering communities committed to college access and success. He spent three years on the board of St. HOPE Leadership Academy and two years as a member of Univision Communications’ Educational Advisory Board. Additionally, Steve spent 13 years as an adjunct political science instructor, teaching courses on mass media, political and civil rights, the civil rights movement, race and ethnic relations, and Hispanic culture and community.
Steve holds a master’s degree in political science, with a focus on political psychology and quantitative methods, from SUNY Stony Brook. He also has a master’s degree in international relations and diplomacy and a bachelor’s degree in comparative government, with a minor in secondary education, both from St. John’s University. He currently lives in Queens, New York with his wife, Danielle, and their two sons.