Education Connection is a partnership that represents multiple business interests and educational institutions in Hillsborough County. The mission of the Education Connection Committee is to develop workforce talent, advocate for innovative educational initiatives, and inspire meaningful academic and business partnerships. Learn more about Education Connection.

State of Education Signature Event

Tue., Sep. 24, 2019

7:30 – 9:00 am

University Club of Tampa

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Tony Carvajal, CAE – Executive Vice President, Florida Chamber Foundation

Tony Carvajal serves as Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber Foundation, the research and solutions development arm of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. He is regularly called on to provide guidance and insights into state-level plans and has served on numerous policy steering committees covering topics as varied as education, early learning, workforce development, economic development, transportation, healthcare, volunteerism, civic infrastructure, philanthropy, and smart justice.



State Representative Chris Latvala – District 67

Representative Latvala was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2014, and subsequently re-elected in 2016. A former legislative aide, Latvala has been involved in the political process for a good portion of his life. Currently, Latvala serves as the Chairman of the PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee and Vice Chair of the PreK-12 Quality Subcommittee.


State Representative Ralph Massullo – District 34

Representative Massullo has served as a Member of the Florida House of Representatives for the last two years advocating for policies that improve the lives of patients, create opportunities for growth, protect the environment, and keep our students safe. Currently, Massullo serves as the Chairman of the PreK-12 Innovation Subcommittee and serves on the PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee.


Superintendent Jeff Eakins – Hillsborough County Public Schools

Superintendent Eakins passionately believes in the public educational system of our country and realizes that innovative teaching and classrooms catered to the needs of the students are imperative. In his role, Eakins oversees more than 200,000 students in Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade. Earlier this year he announced that he would be retiring from the district in June 2020.