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Radhames Nova

Radhames Nova – President & CEOOperations


Radhames Nova joined Junior Achievement of Greater Boston (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.


Paulo Frade

Paulo Frade – Vice President, Finance & TechnologyOperations


Paulo Frade joined Junior Achievement of Greater Boston (JA) in August 2000 and is Vice President of Finance and Technology. 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, the internal audit, and ensures legal compliance throughout human resource management.

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 Central Mass with his wife Damila and their nine children.


Deirdre O'Connor Mitchell

Deirdre O'Connor Mitchell – Chief Operations OfficerOperations


Deirdre O'Connor Mitchell began her tenure with Junior Achievement of Greater Boston (JA) in March 2016 as a Program Manager. During this time, Deirdre helped create a new Programs Strategy for implementing JA programming to maximize impact for students. From 2017 to 2022 Deirdre served as Vice President of Programs. Through a robust strategic planning process that led the way for deeper school partnerships, the Education Team has worked diligently at building strong relationships in some of the highest need school districts in Massachusetts, where JA is integrated into schools. Starting in July 2023, Deirdre is now the Chief Operations Officer overseeing the day-to-day operations of the organization as well as Education, Operations, Events, Marketing, and Alumni Engagement.

Prior to joining Junior Achievement of Greater Boston, 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 a service year 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 lives in Central Massachusetts with her family.


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