Jumpstart Hires New CEO

Naila Bolus Appointed Chief Executive Officer of Jumpstart
Bolus to be catalyst for new growth phase at national early education organization

BOSTON, MA, July 26, 2011: Jumpstart, a national early education non-profit, announced today the appointment of Naila Bolus as Chief Executive Officer, effective October 12, 2011. Bolus has more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector and joins Jumpstart from Ploughshares Fund, the largest grant-making foundation in the United States dedicated exclusively to security and peace funding, where she was Executive Director.

After joining Ploughshares Fund in 1997, Bolus was instrumental in transforming the organization from a small funder to a national, influential policy player. She led a highly successful $25 million endowment campaign and tripled Ploughshares Fund’s budget and staff.

“We are delighted to welcome Naila Bolus, our first female CEO, to Jumpstart,” said Chris Stadler, Chairman of Jumpstart’s Board of Directors. “Naila’s leadership and vision, success in scaling an organization and board development, in combination with her strong values and passion for Jumpstart’s mission make her the best possible leader for Jumpstart. Naila’s skill set is exactly what is needed to deepen our impact in our current markets and turn us into an even greater leader in the early childhood education field. With Naila as CEO, we look forward to an exciting period of growth and expanded impact.”

Prior to joining Ploughshares, Bolus was co-director of 20/20 Vision, a grassroots organization that seeks to promote democracy through helping members communicate with national decision makers. She also helped found the Women Legislators’ Lobby and served as the organization’s political director, successfully recruiting one third of female state legislators to lobby for environmental protection, human services and peace.

“The greatest motivator for me during my years as a non-profit executive has been the mission – the bigger and bolder the mission the better,” Bolus said. “Jumpstart's mission has inspired me to take this new career path. To be part of changing the face of education – something that impacts people’s daily lives – is thrilling. I’m eager to join Jumpstart during this incredibly exciting time in its lifecycle and to work with the entire Jumpstart family to grow and raise the visibility of this great organization.”

Bolus graduated from Tufts University in 1987 with a degree in International Relations. She is married with three young children and will be relocating to the Boston area with her family.


Every child deserves the chance to succeed, yet studies show that children from low-income neighborhoods are at a greater risk of school failure. A Boston-based national education organization, Jumpstart intervenes early on to reach preschool children in low-income communities and lay the foundation for a lifetime of learning achievement. The organization has earned widespread recognition as one of the nation’s leading social enterprises through its work with children across the country, as well as for its annual Jumpstart’s Read for the Record Campaign, which combats the crisis in early education by holding the world’s largest shared reading experience. Since 1993, Jumpstart has trained more than 20,000 college students and community volunteers to deliver its program to more than 90,000 preschool children nationwide. Jumpstart is working toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. Learn more at jstart.org.

Press Contact: Amy Terpeluk
Senior Vice President, Ruder Finn

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