Nonprofit group Take Stock in Children announced Wednesday they have selected its next leader: business and public relations consultant Jillian Hasner.
The program mentors at-risk children throughout Florida to guide them toward graduation from high school and help break the inter-generational cycle of poverty many low-income students struggle to transcend.
Hasner — wife of former congressional candidate and state Rep. Adam Hasner, who like his spouse remains active in Florida politics — comes to the new job after some five years at the helm of Revolution 537, a Boca Raton-based fundraising and PR consultancy.
Ted Carter, the chairman of TSIC’s board, said that experience combined with her larger public policy background makes her an apt choice.
“Hasner is an experienced leader with a proven track record of delivering results for Florida’s corporate, government and nonprofit leaders and is perfect to build upon the organization’s success,” said Carter in a release.
Currently the statewide group serves around 8,500 low-income and minority students, often mentoring them all the way through college. The nonprofit claims the students under its tutelage boast a 96 percent high school graduation rate.
Her new post is not the first time Hasner has been involved with TSIC — she once tutored children herself while working in the administration of Gov. Jeb Bush.
“I am proud to be joining such a dynamic organization that is on the forefront of making a difference in the lives of thousands of Florida students and families every year,” said Hasner Wednesday.
“This opportunity brings me full circle, since I served as a TSIC mentor in 1999 while working for the governor of Florida, who was an early and strong advocate for the program.”