Leadership

Radhames Nova

Radhames Nova – President & CEOOperations

Radhames Nova joined Junior Achievement of Northern New England (JA) in October 2016 as President & CEO. He is responsible for the organization’s overall strategy and operations.

Prior to joining Junior Achievement, Rad served as Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA), the largest Latino professional organization in the United States, where he was responsible for overseeing some of the organization’s largest national corporate partnerships and a pilot partnership between JA and ALPFA. He was the Executive Director at the ALPFA Boston Chapter from 2011 to 2015.

From 2002 to 2006 Rad served as Director of Development at the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, Massachusetts, raising $1.8M annually for operations and leading the organization to a record breaking $8.5 million capital campaign to build a new facility. Prior to that, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in South Africa. Beyond the nonprofit sector, Rad has held positions in the financial services industry at Fidelity Charitable Services, SCS Financial and Metropolitan Real Estate Equity Management. After five years working in the investments industry, Rad returned to his mission-driven career when he joined ALPFA in 2011.

Rad obtained his B.A. from Middlebury College and his MBA from Boston University. He serves as a board member at two of his alma maters, Central Catholic High School and Middlebury College. In March 2020, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Massachusetts Secretary of Labor & Workforce Development Rosalin Acosta nominated Rad to the MassHire State Workforce Board.

Born in the Dominican Republic, he immigrated to Lawrence Massachusetts in 1989 and lives in Salem New Hampshire with his wife Alexandra and their three children.

 

Latia King-Fontánez

Latia King-Fontánez – Chief of StaffOperations

Latia King-Fontánez joined Junior Achievement of Northern New England (JAofNNE), in September of 2019, as its first-ever Chief of Staff. King-Fontánez comes to JAofNNE with over 10 years of youth development experience in the nonprofit sector. She is a member of the organization’s senior management team and is responsible for providing strategic, operational, and administrative support – allowing JAofNNE to move from surviving to thriving. She plays a vital role in the organization’s success by maximizing the President & CEO’s time to best achieve JAofNNE’s goals. Latia oversees key marketing and branding tasks and helps ensure that the senior management team is identifying, prioritizing, and implementing key strategic initiatives to improve operational excellence across the organization. Latia plays a critical role in fostering a vibrant, healthy, and inclusive culture within the organization, balancing JAofNNE’s ambitious impact goals with accountability and people development.

Most recently, Latia served as Senior Executive Assistant to the President at The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP), a $10MM/year non-profit organization with over 40 employees in Cambridge and San Francisco. In addition to managing the daily operations of the President’s Office, she provided staff support to CEP’s Board of Directors and assisted with special projects and conferences. She also served on the organization’s Culture Task Force and was a member of the President’s book tour team. Before joining CEP in 2006, Latia was a Program Coordinator at the Center for Teen Empowerment’s largest high school site where she led a group of young people on their journey to become agents of positive social, institutional and individual change. She benefited from Teen Empowerment’s mission prior to working at the organization.

Latia grew up in Boston and attended Boston Public Schools. She graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Spanish and an American Studies minor from UMass Boston. She is a freelance facilitator and an active member of her church where she uses her American Sign Language skills as a member of the church’s interpreting team. She formerly helped to lead the Deaf Ministry at her church as well. In her spare time, she participates in your average, everyday activities such as skydiving, hang gliding, horseback riding and taking flying trapeze classes.

 

Paulo Frade

Paulo Frade – Director of Finance & OperationsOperations

Paulo Frade joined Junior Achievement of Northern New England in August 2000 and is Director of Finance and Operations. In his role, Paulo oversees all finance, information technology, and human resources activities. He is responsible for managing all accounting and finance functions, including management of internal controls systems, development of the annual operating budget, preparation of all financial and management reports. He also oversees cash management and the internal audit.

Prior to joining Junior Achievement, Paulo served as Field Operations Supervisor at the U.S. Census Bureau.

Paulo obtained his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts. Born in Brazil, he immigrated to the United States in 1992 and currently lives in West Townsend, MA with his wife Damila and their eight children.

 

Deirdre O'Connor Mitchell

Deirdre O'Connor Mitchell – Director of ProgramsEducation

Deirdre O'Connor Mitchell began her tenure with Junior Achievement (JA) of Northern New England in March 2016 as a Manager on the Programs Team. During this time, Deirdre helped create a new Programs Strategy for implementing JA programming to maximize impact for students. She also updated JA Skills to Achieve, a locally developed program, to make it more engaging, interactive, and meaningful for high school students. Deirdre managed school relationships in Worcester, Lawrence, Lowell, Waltham, and Manchester, NH, which are key districts we have identified within our footprint. Deirdre now serves as Director of Programs managing a team of two Program Managers and works closely with the Senior Leadership Team to engage volunteers, funders, and schools and establish strong partnerships with all three stakeholders in order to fulfill JA's mission of inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy.

Prior to joining JA of Northern New England, Deirdre worked at the JA of New York office as a Program Manager where she managed relationships with key Board accounts and individual volunteers. Deirdre has spent her career in non-profit program management and national service, managing an afterschool meal program for at-risk youth with the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, DC and spending 10 months on service projects around the United States with AmeriCorps*NCCC.

Deirdre obtained her B.A. in Political Science from the George Washington University and an M.P.A. in Emergency and Disaster Management from Metropolitan College of New York. She currently lives in Holden, MA with her husband Alan and their two dogs.

 

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