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Junior Achievement announces new president, CEO

Marla Black

Junior Achievement of San Diego County announced Thursday that Marla Black will join the nonprofit as its president and CEO, effective in September.

Black has more than 35 years of financial service and sales management experience with Union Bank, San Diego Federal and Great American Savings Bank. She also brings nonprofit experience as a board member at Rady Children's Hospital, LEAD San Diego, Girl Scouts and United Way of San Diego.

Black will lead the organization's mission to prepare young people for the real-world by teaching them how to get a job, how to start a business and how to manage money by using 21st-century learning techniques and technologies. She was selected after a six-month search by JA’s board of directors.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead such an amazing staff and work with the dynamic board of directors to continue to inspire the students of today to become the entrepreneurs of tomorrow,” said Black. “This is an exciting and important time at JA, as we are just around the corner from launching JA’s newest education center, the new Mission Fed JA Finance Park, which will allow our team to reach an additional 15,000 students and families each year.”

Black will succeed Joanne Pastula, who will be retiring as president and CEO of Junior Achievement after more than 16 years of leadership.

“Marla shares our passion for providing learning experiences that will prepare young people to succeed in the rapidly changing and expanding global environment,” said Mike Schleyhahn, co-chair of Junior Achievement’s board of directors. “Furthermore, her experience serving on the boards for some of the leading nonprofits in San Diego will allow her to take JA to the next level.”

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