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May 18, 2022
Pan-Mass Challenge Names Jarrett Collins as President
Jarrett Collins
Jarrett Collins

January 27, 2022 — The Pan-Mass Challenge, a Needham nonprofit that organizes the largest athletic fundraiser in the country, on Tuesday announced it named Jarrett Collins, who has served as chief operating and business development officer since 2019, to the newly created position of president.

Collins will report to Billy Starr, founder of Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC), who will continue to serve as executive director.

“The PMC makes an unparalleled impact on the fight against cancer and it is an honor to be a part of the leadership team fostering such a mission-driven community,” said Collins. “I am eager to continue to innovate and grow the PMC family through new and improved ‘spokes in the wheel’ events as I take on this exciting new role as president.”

In his new role, Collins will be “responsible for optimizing the organization’s operations as well as identifying and developing opportunities for growth via existing and new events,” a spokesperson said.

While some nonprofits have an executive director and a president, with the former often responsible for guiding operations and the latter focusing on financial goals, it is not a common arrangement.

Since he joined the PMC, Collins has focused on operations, developing opportunities for growth via existing and new events as well as securing major gifts and building relationships with donors and sponsors.

After the coronavirus pandemic erupted two years ago, Collins helped guide the PMC through its transition to a virtual experience in 2020, generating $50 million for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, and then a hybrid event last summer, which generated a record-setting $64 million for Dana-Farber.

PMC anticipates continuing virtual participation and fundraising for its signature event, which engaged more than 6,000 riders from 47 states and 11 countries to cycle up to 211 miles across Massachusetts over two days in August.

Prior to joining the PMC, Collins was senior director of operations for University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda, having joined the organization after playing an integral role in developing it for Partners in Health. Prior to that he was managing director for NeoCarta Ventures, a venture capital firm which invested in early stage technology companies.

Collins earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Tufts University and a Master of Business Administration degree in entrepreneurship from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.

The PMC has been held annually since 1980 when the first ride raised $10,200. To date, it has raised $831 million for adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund, generating 55% of the Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue as Dana-Farber’s single largest contributor.

For the year ending Dec. 31, 2019, the PMC reported $68.2 million in revenue, of which $63.9 million, came from contributions and grants, and $67.4 million in expenses, including PMC's $63 million donation to Dana-Farber, according to its most recently available federal financial information filing.

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