Kim Jowell Awarded Joe Rizzo Learner & Leader Award

Hillsborough Education Foundation CEO, Kim Jowell, was recently recognized by the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations as the first recipient of the Joe Rizzo Learner & Leader Award.

The award, which honors the legacy of Flagler Education Foundation’s late executive director, is presented to an individual who demonstrates service as a leader in the organization and commitment to furthering their own personal education.

Jowell’s involvement with the Consortium, including electing to participate in its Foundations for Success Quality Standards review process and serving as a peer reviewer and Consortium Finance Chair, along with her innovative work launching Hillsborough Education Foundation’s Digital Equity Initiative, which provides students in need with a computer and internet access, were highlighted as just a few reasons behind Jowell’s recognition.

“Our late colleague, Joe Rizzo, led the Flagler Education Foundation until his unexpected passing in March,” said Consortium President Mary Chance. “He saw the value of our network, was an avid learner and contributed to our collaborative culture. Kim exemplifies his spirit by investing in her own professional development while contributing her time and leadership to support her peers and our organization.”

As CEO for nearly six years, Jowell’s participation in CFEF, which is comprised of 65 statewide education foundations, and enthusiasm toward personal and professional growth are driven by her desire to help strengthen public education and assist students in need and teachers everywhere.

“Continuous learning is an important piece of our work in education. I have benefited from the leadership skills Joe and others in the Consortium have passed along to me and am dedicated to expanding and sharing my knowledge to continue his legacy and help improve the lives of the children and teachers we all serve,” Jowell said. “There’s nothing like being nominated by your peers, and especially in honor of somebody who was loved by so many.”

For more, check out Jowell’s recent interview with Fox 13.