Junior Achievement of New York announces new Board Chair, Gavin O’Connor

(PR NewsChannel) / July 1, 2015 / NEW YORK 
Gavin O'Connor

Gavin O’Connor, newly appointed Chairman of the JA New York Board of Directors

Junior Achievement of New York (JA New York) announces Gavin G. O’Connor, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs, as its new Chair of the Board of Directors, effective July 1st. Outgoing Board Chair, Richard J. Poccia, Partner, PwC US passed the gavel to Mr. O’Connor at the organization’s June 25th Board meeting.

Mr. Poccia steps down after serving four years as Board Chair and will continue to serve on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. His successor, Mr. O’Connor, has previously served as Vice Chair & Chair of the Resource Development Committee, and has served on the Board for seven years.

“As a long-time member of the JA New York Board, I’ve seen the impressive work that’s been done by the organization in collaboration with corporate, school and community partners,” said Mr. O’Connor. “Thanks to Rich’s efforts, we can look forward to building upon four years of revitalization and growth. We have exciting times ahead of us, and I look forward to working with our stellar Board and staff to continue to make good on our promise to empower young people to own their economic success.”

“Junior Achievement of New York is privileged to have a Board composed of the best executive leadership in NYC and Long Island,” said Mr. Poccia. “Gavin is uniquely qualified to help us meet increasing demand for our financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and college and career readiness programs and experiences. What Gavin brings to the Chairmanship is a passion for education and youth development, strategic thinking, fiscal responsibility and a proven track record in relationship building.”

“We are extremely grateful to Rich for his steadfast leadership and unwavering commitment as Chair of the JA New York Board of Directors” said Joseph A. Peri, President of JA New York. “Over his nearly 20 years of Board service, including four as Chairman, he has helped us stay focused and balanced on stability, growth, and service. At the same time, we are excited to welcome Gavin to his new role. We look forward to working with him, and the entire Board, to increase our impact and reach to greater levels.”

Gavin O’Connor received his undergraduate degree from Fairfield University and his graduate degree from NYU Stern. He is a resident of Washington Township, Bergen County, NJ.

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About Junior Achievement of New York: Junior Achievement of New York is the local affiliate of Junior Achievement USA, the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. We recruit, train, and mobilize more than 5,000 corporate and community volunteers to provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give K-12 students knowledge and skills in financial literacy, college and career readiness, and entrepreneurship. Today, JA New York delivers nearly 70,000 student experiences per year, free of charge, in more than 200 NYC and Long Island public schools. Visit http://www.jany.org for more information.

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