Meet the Staff: Joseph Colón

Joseph Colón is the Assistant Director of Collective Action at the Foundation for Tacoma Students. A Tacoma native, he is a collective action leader and anti-racism activist with a passion for social justice, equity, and systems change.  His extensive cross-sector experience spans local, grassroots organizations to institutions of higher education.

Joseph brings a unique situatedness to his role at the Foundation for Tacoma Students, as a first generation, biracial, latinx scholar who took a circuitous, non-traditional path to and through higher education. 

His primary role at the Foundation is to organize and coordinate all of the Graduate Tacoma Collaborative Action Networks, promoting cross-CAN collaboration. He likewise facilitates and manages our Out of School and Summer Learning Network. Most recently, he has also become key to steering the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Investment, specifically around the Community Partner Capacity & Capability workstream.

An educator and facilitator, Joseph bridges his experience conducting anti-racist, culturally responsive trainings with his background in designing curriculum for a range of organizations. In addition to moving the needle at the Foundation, Joseph has designed Culturally Responsive Anti Bias curriculum with School’s Out Washington, culturally relevant STEM curricula for minoritized students with the University of Puget Sound where he served as Assistant Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Persistence and Completion classes with College Success Foundation, and is currently co-creating a social justice lensed history program with the Buffalo Soldiers Museum.  

Major Initiatives Led by Joseph Colón:

  • Summer Learning Website
  • Summer Blast Professional Development Trainings
  • Micro Grants, i.e. Teacher Impact Awards, Summer Learning Funds

Feel free to reach out to Joseph directly at if you have any questions regarding the above initiatives, our Collaborative Action Networks or the Out of School and Summer Learning Network.

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