Kevin Hyde named chair of Jacksonville Public Education Fund

The nonprofit works to close the opportunity gap for low-income students and students of color in Duval County.

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Kevin Hyde, managing partner in the Jacksonville office of the Foley & Lardner law firm, is the new chair of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund board of directors.

Lisa Cochran, chief information officer for VyStar Credit Union, and Terry Patrick Walton of Terry Patrick Walton Consulting also joined the board for four-year terms.

“We have set big goals around closing the literacy gap for students of color and launched an initiative to retain and recruit 1,000 diverse male teachers by 2025. We could not do this without the leadership provided by Chairman Hyde and our incredible board of directors,” said fund President Rachel Tutwiler Fortune in a news release.

Hyde also serves on the board of trustees of the University of North Florida, is a member of the Jacksonville Civic Council and a member of the board of directors of the Jacksonville Public Library Foundation and WJCT Public Broadcasting.

Elected to City Council in 2003, Hyde was its president in 2005-06.

Cochran joined VyStar as chief information officer in 2021 after more than 25 years at global banks including Citi and Bank of America.

Walton spent 30 years in career consulting, career development and executive search services. Since 2008, she has focused on providing job search, résumés, interview skills and career strategy coaching for young adults.

The Jacksonville Public Education Fund is a nonprofit that advocates for closing the opportunity gap for low-income students and students of color in Duval County through research, convening and strategic initiatives.