Anthony J. Colón is widely respected as one of the nation's most forthright diversity advocates and has been instrumental in bringing education reform to the Hispanic community and increasing recruitment and professional development opportunities for minority educators. In 2008 he cofounded the AVANTI Strategy Group, LLC, a strategic planning and consulting firm serving small businesses, nonprofits, and Latino-driven health and education initiatives. In 2007, drawing on his extensive background in education and his ongoing work with nonprofits, he formed AJ Colón Consulting, LLC., a firm dedicated to training and helping educational systems for low-income, minority, and underserved children.
Colón was vice president of the National Council of La Raza's Center for Community Educational Excellence. He has 40 years' experience as a teacher and school administrator in public, private, and parochial schools and has served on the faculty of Lehman College at the City University of New York and at Fordham University's Department of Bilingual Services. Colón is a founding member of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, serves as chair of the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence, and served as vice chair of the DC Public Charter School Board.
He holds a master's degree and professional diploma in educational administration from Fordham University in New York and a bachelor's degree in sociology from St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York.