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About Us

Our Mission

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) is a global educational nonprofit focused on bringing the power of entrepreneurship to youth in low-income communities. NFTE’s rigorous programs are taught by a highly trained Teacher Corps, and NFTE students are supported by a diverse Volunteer Corps drawn from the local community, including business leaders and entrepreneurs. Since its founding more than 30 years ago, NFTE has trained thousands of teachers and educated more than a million young people worldwide.

Who We Are

The NFTE community is diverse. Business and community leaders, academicians, and entrepreneurs serve on our boards. Our staff includes experienced educators, curriculum designers, program managers, and workforce development experts. Our supporters range from individual donors and philanthropic foundations to global corporations.

How We Work

NFTE works with a variety of public and private sector partners to bring its uniquely effective brand of experiential, project-based learning to young people. NFTE learners are supported by a highly trained Teacher Corps, coached by a dedicated Volunteer Corps, and motivated and rewarded by opportunities to vie for scholarships and seed capital at a series of annual business plan and pitch competitions.

Where We Work

NFTE programs can be found in schools, churches, community centers, libraries, and other institutional settings—as well as online. We’re in dozens of states across the U.S. and 18 countries around the globe.

Our Team

Dr. J.D. LaRock

President & Chief Executive Officer

A respected educator, scholar, and policy expert, Dr. LaRock joins NFTE from Commonwealth Corporation, the public-private state authority focused on workforce development and regional economic development in Massachusetts. During his tenure as president and CEO of Commonwealth, Dr. LaRock chaired Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s Commission on Digital Innovation and Lifelong Learning, producing a blueprint for innovative work-based learning models that garnered significant investment from major foundations. Previously he served as a senior education advisor to the late U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy, leading work on the renewal of the federal Higher Education Act, as well as passage of a law that provided $20 billion in new Pell Grants to college students. As education policy director for former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, he helped author a K-12 education law that enabled turnarounds in low-performing school districts and helped the state win $250 million through the U.S. Department of Education’s “Race to the Top” program. Read more…

Denise L. Berkhalter, APR

Director of Communications

Jason Delgatto

Vice President, Curriculum and Research

Mary Radford, CPA, MBA

Chief Financial Officer

Jeannine Schloss

Senior Director, Southeast & Interim Vice President, Regional Operations

Kene Turner

Director of National Postsecondary and Alumni Programs

Jane Walsh

Senior Vice President, Advancement

Board of Directors

Michael J. Kacsmar, Chair






Tucker York, Vice Chair

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