Junior Achievement of Northern New England Announces New Chair of the Board of Directors
BOSTON, MA. - (July 7, 2020) – Today, Junior Achievement of Northern New England (JAofNNE) announced the appointment of Edward Perkin, Chief Equity Investment Officer for Eaton Vance Management, as Board Chair. In this role, Mr. Perkin will oversee JAofNNE’s Board of Directors and help drive continued success and impact through the organization’s mission. Mr. Perkin will serve as Chair of the Board through 2022 and succeeds Christine Barry, Chief Operating Officer at Endurance International Group.
“We are delighted to welcome Eddie as our board chair,” said Radhames Nova, President and CEO of Junior Achievement of Northern New England. “I am looking forward to working with Eddie. He experienced the impact of Junior Achievement’s mission as a young man and is very committed to offering young people in the region the same opportunities JA offered him. I look forward to having Eddie, as a JA alumnus, leading our board for the next two years.”
As Chief Equity Investment Officer for Eaton Vance Management, Mr. Perkin is responsible for overseeing approximately $50 billion in equity investments. Additionally, he serves as a Portfolio Manager of Eaton Vance’s large-cap value strategies. Mr. Perkin joined Eaton Vance in 2014, leads the Equity Strategy Committee, and is a member of the Eaton Vance Management Committee. He earned a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, an MBA from Columbia Business School, and is a CFA charter holder.
Mr. Perkin joined the JAofNNE board in 2015 and the Board’s Executive Committee in 2017. He was a member of the Board’s Finance Committee until becoming Vice Chair of the Board in 2019. Eaton Vance has been a corporate partner of Junior Achievement since he joined the board of directors, providing both volunteers and financial support to the organization.
“I am honored to Chair the JAofNNE board,” said Mr. Perkin. “My participation in JA started when I was a high school student and more recently I have been a volunteer, mentor, and board member. I have personally experienced and observed the tremendous impact JA can have on a young person’s life, encouraging entrepreneurial thinking and promoting the importance of having big dreams and goals.”
This past year, Mr. Perkin served as a mentor to a local JA Company Program hosted at Eaton Vance’s Boston headquarters. The company he mentored, KeepUp!, placed third in the JA National Student Leadership Summit, a company pitch competition for JA’s top 15 high school companies nationally.
About Junior Achievement of Northern New England (JA)
Junior Achievement's (JA) mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. JA was founded in 1919 in Springfield, MA and Junior Achievement of Northern New England (JAofNNE) was incorporated in Boston in 1950. JAofNNE provides economic mobility and opportunity to youth in 10 Massachusetts counties and the state of New Hampshire. JAofNNE focuses on teaching youth from Boston, Brockton, Chelsea, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Quincy, Somerville, Worcester and Manchester NH to effectively manage their finances, build critical skills for the workforce, develop their entrepreneurial mindset and increase their confidence to prepare them to succeed in our global economy and help them break the cycle of poverty.