March 29, 2017
 
Radhames Nova Now Leading Jr. Achievement of Northern NE

Radhames Nova
October 31, 2016 — Junior Achievement of Northern New England, a Waltham nonprofit that helps students in nine Massachusetts counties build financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship skills, recently announced that Radhames Nova has been named president and CEO.

Nova assumed his leadership role at Junior Achievement of Northern New England (JANNE) early this month.

Rick Tyson, board chair, said, “The JANNE board of directors is thrilled to have Rad join our organization. His background in nonprofit organization leadership, fundraising, and program delivery in support of youth based missions is an ideal combination for the role of president and CEO.

"I believe that we can learn a lot from Rad, and that he will enjoy this opportunity that is in front of him – a role that he has been getting ready for throughout his career."

Prior to joining JANNE, Nova served as senior vice president of strategic partnerships for the Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA), the largest Latino professional organization in the United States with more than 72,000 members, where he was responsible for overseeing some of the organization’s largest national corporate partnerships and a pilot partnership between Junior Achievement and ALPFA. He was executive director of the ALPFA Boston Chapter from 2011 to 2015.

From 2002 to 2006 Rad served as director of development for the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, Massachusetts, raising $1.8M annually for operations and leading the organization to a record breaking $8.5M capital campaign to build a new facility.

Prior to that, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in South Africa. Outside the nonprofit sector, Nova has held positions in the financial services industry – notably the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund and SCS Financial.

Nova said, “I am honored and humbled to join Junior Achievement of Northern New England as president and CEO. My personal journey moving from Dominican Republic to Lawrence Massachusetts as a teenager was deeply impacted by the love and support I received from caring adults invested in my success through youth organizations. It is a privilege to pay it forward by helping thousands of youth have the same opportunities to succeed through JA’s programs."

He added, "According to the first-ever S&P Global FinLit Survey, only 57% of adults in the U.S. are financially literate. This means that 43% of our population, and an even higher percentage of women and diverse communities, do not fully participate in our economy.

"Preparing our youth to enter the workforce in the future and to become the next wave of entrepreneurs is equally important to the future success of our country. "

Nova earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Middlebury College and a Master of Business Administration degree from Boston University. Born in the Dominican Republic, he immigrated to the U.S. 27 years ago.

For the 2015-2016 school year, JANNE implemented 1,560 programs in 147 schools and after-school sites, reaching 23,802 youth through the efforts of 1,516 trained volunteers in Barnstable, Dukes, Essex, Middlesex, Nantucket, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk, and Worcester counties.

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