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 County Superintendent Joins Junior Achievement Board of Directors

Junior Achievement of San Diego County (JA), a nonprofit that prepares kids for the real world by teaching them how to get a job, start a business and how to manage their money, recently elected San Diego County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Gothold and seven other new members to join its Board of Directors.

“Our newest board members embody the spirit of community and bring talent, expertise and energy to the JA team,” said Marla Black, president and CEO at Junior Achievement of San Diego County. “We are very fortunate to have them by our side as we celebrate a historic milestone of reaching one million students this spring since the office first opened in 1950.”

Dr. Gothold, who was appointed San Diego County superintendent of schools in May 2017 and officially began in the role June 1, 2017, is excited to help JA recruit high school students to experience Mission Fed JA Finance Park, an experiential program where students learn how to plan for career and financial success.

Junior Achievement's Board of Directors is comprised of business, education, and community leaders that represent the diverse facets of San Diego's economy and workforce. The board sets and monitors the strategic direction of JA, helps to secure the necessary resources to ensure quality programming and operations, participates as and secures volunteers, and plays a crucial role in fundraising for the organization.

The other newly elected board members are:

  • Sean Bogue, vice president and assistant treasurer, Planning & Analysis for Jack in the Box Inc. He joined Jack in the Box in 2013 and oversees all aspects of the company’s financial and strategic plans, operational analysis, capital structure, cash management and banking relations. Jack in the Box is a longtime advocate of JA and supports the nonprofit’s mission to provide life-changing educational programs to K-12th grade students. Since opening its doors ten year ago, the popular “Jack in the Box” shop in the McGrath Family JA BizTown has “employed” nearly 9,000 5th grade students.
  • Kristin Carpenter, director of operations for Eastridge Workforce Solutions in San Diego. In this role, she works with companies to manage and recruit a skilled workforce. A graduate of the University of San Diego, Carpenter oversees operations, account growth and business development for healthcare, technology, engineering, manufacturing, scientific, human resources and administrative divisions. She wants to help expand JA programs to ensure youth are prepared for their future.
  • Bryan Clements is in-house attorney for United Parcel Service in Atlanta, but his office is located here in San Diego where he serves as managing attorney and assistant secretary for The UPS Store, Inc. Clements joined UPS in 2015 after spending several years in private practice focusing on franchise, distribution and corporate law. Clements is looking forward to recruiting volunteers to work with 5th grade students at “The UPS Store center” in the McGrath Family JA BizTown.
  • Pam Holden, vice president at Aon. In this role, Holden develops and assists in providing a structured approach for relationship development and client retention by delivering solutions and value-add insurance products to clients. Holden has 17 years of experience in the accounting, financial, and risk management sectors. She is committed to helping JA prepare and inspire tomorrow’s leaders. 
  • Hass Ibrahim, vice president and branch manager of City National Bank in Downtown San Diego. Prior to City National Bank, Hass spent nine years at Citibank where he was first introduced to JA through the “Teach Children to Save” program. This national initiative organizes bankers to volunteer in the classroom to help young people learn the importance of saving money. A champion of JA, Hass believes students should learn the skills they need to successfully manage their finances.
  • Omar Salah, director of Small Business Banking for MUFG Union Bank. He manages all aspects of small business lending, cash management, merchant services, and payroll services for the small business segment of the bank. His teams are responsible for serving the needs of privately held small business clients. Salah shares JA’s passion for empowering youth to look beyond high school and dream for a bigger and brighter future. 
  • Phylip Simmons, financial advisor at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Born and raised in San Diego, Simmons has been in the banking and finance industry for the past nine years. He is passionate about his new role at Junior Achievement and wants to teach students the role financial responsibility plays in the future of their success.

Many of the board members will also participate in one of JA’s hallmark programs, JA Company Program, dating back to 1919. As a part of the JA Company Program, 160 high school students will pitch their fully-functional company in May to a panel of judges. The winners from the May event have a chance to compete nationally to be named “Student Company of the Year.”

Junior Achievement (JA) programs empower young people to own their economic success. To ensure tomorrow’s leaders are prepared for their future, JA teaches them how to get a job, start a business and how to manage their money. In the spring, JA will be celebrating a historic milestone of reaching one million students since the branch opened in 1950. Our life-changing financial literacy programs will serve nearly 81,500 students this year in 32 school districts. For more information visit: