MEDIA ALERT: April 15, 2013
Jumpstart, a national early education organization based in Boston, announced today the appointment of Imari Paris Jeffries as the new Senior Vice President of Field Management and Policy. In this newly created role, Imari will oversee Jumpstart’s regional leadership team and government relations efforts.
Imari Paris Jeffries has a long professional history of public/national service and nonprofit leadership. Joining Boston Rising as a Partner in 2010, Imari focused on developing, executing and evaluating Boston Rising’s grant making strategy with families and community organizations in Grove Hall. Prior to Boston Rising, he served as the first full-time Executive Director of Friends of the Children-Boston. Additionally, Imari served as the Director of Programs and Partnerships/COO for the Massachusetts Service Alliance.
Mr. Jeffries public service experience began in the US Armed Services during the First Gulf War, as well as leadership positions at BELL and Jumpstart in the 1990s. Imari has served on the boards of the African American Federation of Greater Boston, Save the Harbor, Save the Bay and the Elizabeth Peabody House. He currently serves as a Board member of Massachusetts Mentoring Partnership, The Edward Brooke Charter School and the Appalachian Mountain Club. Recently Imari was appointed by the Boston Public Schools Superintendent to serve on a special commission to recommend new options for school choice. A 2012 recipient of the Rosoff Award Champion of Change, Imari has always be an advocate of social justice. He is also the co-founder of the Community Fellows Program at Boston University's Institute of Non-profit Management, a program dedicated to diversity and minority leadership development.
A longtime resident of Boston with his wife and three children, Imari is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts with a BA, MEd, and MA.
”Imari brings to Jumpstart a successful track record of working on behalf of this country’s most vulnerable citizens. His long-time commitment to education and issues impacting children is inspiring,” said Naila Bolus, president and CEO of Jumpstart. “Imari’s leadership will be a driving force as we deepen our impact in communities across the United States.”
Joy Errico Seusing, VP of External Relations, Jumpstart
Jumpstart is a national early education organization working toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. Jumpstart delivers a research-based and cost-effective program by training college students and community volunteers to serve preschool-age children in low-income neighborhoods. Through a proven curriculum, these children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for school, setting them on a path for lifelong success. Jumpstart is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. Learn more at jstart.org.