Our Team


Dr. J.D. LaRock

President & Chief Executive Officer

A respected educator, scholar, and policy expert, Dr. LaRock joins NFTE from the Commonwealth Corporation, Massachusetts’ public-private state authority focused on workforce development and regional economic development. 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.

For much of the past decade, Dr. LaRock has worked as a teacher, scholar, and university administrator focused on experiential learning, entrepreneurship, and the future of work. As chief of staff to the president of Northeastern University, he served on the leadership team that completed the institution’s transformation from a commuter college to a top-ranked global research university. He has also served as Professor of the Practice of Law and Policy at Northeastern and as a Fellow with the Aspen Institute’s Economic Opportunities program.

Dr. LaRock grew up in Queens, New York, in a family of public school educators, and is a proud graduate of the city’s public schools. He went on to earn his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate at Harvard University and his law degree at Georgetown University. He currently resides in Massachusetts with his wife Christina, a sign language interpreter, and their daughter Callie.

Jim Johnston
Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Mary Radford
Chief Financial Officer
Ted Thompson
Vice President, Engagement and Implementation
Jane Walsh
Vice President, Development
Stephanie Alvarado
Senior Manager, Alumni & International Services
Gabriella Andrews
Lead Operations & Analytics Associate
Julia Bodette
Senior Volunteer Programs Manager
Chyna Bowen
Regional Director, St. Louis Metro
Chris Brignolle
Manager, Programs - Southeast
Gek Chea
Barbara Clement
Director, Marketing
Jason Delgatto
Senior Director, Curriculum & Professional Development
Paul Dimayuga
Director, Information Technology
Tahaji Felder
Lead Program Associate, Southeast
Danice Ferguson
Program Manager, Philadelphia Metro
Bracy Fuentes
Lead Program Associate, Los Angeles Metro
Eva Giorgi
Lead Marketing Associate
Jennifer Green
Regional Director, New England
Caitlin Griffin
Development & Analytics Manager
Niesha Harripersad
Senior Accounting Associate
Stephen Iammartino
Manager, Training & Professional Development
Ronald Jacobs
Manager, Information Technology
Peter Johnson
Development Director, Northeast
Nakeia Jones
Program Manager, Baltimore-Washington Metro
Connor Krone
Program Manager, San Francisco
Darlene Lacey
Curriculum Development Manager
Olivia Lam
Development Director, LA
Hannah Lieber
Senior Research Analyst Associate
Nikki Miller
Development Director, North Texas
Michelle Mirzoian
Development Director, Midwest
Sade Mitchell
Program Manager, Startup Tech
Scott Nasatir
Senior Regional Director, Midwest
Daria Oliver
Accounts Payable Associate
Michael Palicz
Senior Director, Talent & Administration
Liliana Pichardo
Development Manager
Robert Piercey
Regional Director, Northeast
Careline Romain
Lead Development Associate, Southeast
Roberto Salazar
Platform Operations Manager
Charles Saldarriaga
Accounting Associate
Jeannine Schloss
Senior Regional Director, East
Kim Small
Senior Regional Director, West
Alison Swenson
Manager, Communications Office of the President
Suzanne Taylor
Director, Events
Stephen Thomas
Manager, Programs - North Texas
Kene Turner
Manager, Programs - Los Angeles Metro
Miguel Vazquez
Lead Development Associate, Northeast
Katherine Villacis
Program Associate, New York Metro
Brandy Varnado
Manager, Programs - Bay Area
Paul Wilder
Senior Events Associate
Daniel Williams
Lead Program Associate, Southeast

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