Leadership | Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts


Jeffrey Pelletier

Jeffrey Pelletier – President

Jeffrey Pelletier serves as the President of Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts. Junior Achievement is the nation's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their future, focusing on the critically important content areas of career readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship. Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts - headquartered in the City of New Bedford - reaches nearly 5,000 students each year across 21 cities and towns.

Previously, Pelletier supported the strategic economic development agenda of the City of New Bedford, Massachusetts as the Business Development and Communications Officer for the New Bedford Economic Development Council. Pelletier also served as the Program Director for Executives Without Borders, a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging the business community in solving the world's greatest humanitarian challenges. In Haiti, he directed a nationwide jobs and recycling program that collected over 35 million plastic bottles and generated over $250,000 in incomes for communities in need. In Honduras, he directed private sector engagement projects with a Fortune 500 company to increase the sustainability of the life-saving medical work of the non-profit organization Central American Medical Outreach.

Pelletier has extensive public speaking experience and has presented at numerous conferences and events including the World's Greatest Problem Solvers Conference and the keynote address for the Ron Burton Training Village Boston Marathon Kickoff Dinner. He graduated from Methodist University in North Carolina with a degree in Business Administration and is also a graduate of Bishop Stang High School and the Leadership SouthCoastProgram.

He volunteers as a member of the Board of Directors for Leadership SouthCoast, the New Bedford Education Foundation and Missions for Humanity. He is a member of the New Bedford Economic Development Council and volunteers for the Ron Burton Training Village each summer. Pelletier was a nominee for the 2014 and 2015 SouthCoast Emerging Leader Award.

To contact, email Jeffrey Pelletier or call 508-997-6536 ext.11


Nathan Araujo

Nathan Araujo – Chairman of the Board of Directors

Nathan is the President & CEO of R4L Companies, Inc. which is the parent company of R4L Management, R4L Media, and Advance Career Services. In his role, Nathan leads a team of professionals providing all aspects of Business Management services including Management and Operations support, Marketing and Advertising services, and Staffing and Recruiting services to small and medium sized businesses.
A big believer in Childhood and Community Development, Nathan currently volunteers and supports several Organizations including Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts (Volunteer & Board Chair), New Bedford Chamber of Commerce (Board Member), South Coast Business Alliance (Board Member), Santo Christo Parish (Youth Advocate), South Coast Young Professionals (Leadership Team), Young Professionals of Greater Fall River (Leadership Team) and many more past and present. 
Nathan is a qualified Business Manager and Leader who holds a Master's in Business Administration from AIU, an HR Manager ceritificate from Michigan State University, a Six Sigma Lean certification, and a Moody's Business Analytics certification. Prior to starting his Management Company, Nathan spent more than a decade in Human Resources, Finance and Risk Management, during which he received several awards and accolades. Nathan was also nominated and awarded the SouthCoast Five Emerging Leaders award in 2014.
To contact, email Nathan Araujo or go to www.r4lcompanies.com.

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