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Mass. Nonprofit Network Names Rick Jakious as Its CEO

Rick Jakious
January 11, 2012 — The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, the state’s nonprofit trade association, today announced that it has named Rick Jakious, a senior manager at City Year Boston and former Congressional aide, as chief executive officer of the nearly 500-member organization.

Jakious, who started in the job yesterday, succeeds David Magnani, a former state senator, who stepped down last March after nearly four years as executive director of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN).

“I am delighted to announce this important news,” said MNN Board Chair David Shapiro. “Rick has established himself as an accomplished and effective leader at City Year and brings a compelling set of leadership skills and experiences to MNN.

“The nonprofit sector enriches the lives of everyone in Massachusetts, which gives the mission of MNN its singular importance. Rick is the ideal person to strengthen MNN and through it to support the sector’s mission-based impact.”

According to Shapiro, 141 qualified applicants were reviewed for the position. Currently, MNN’s annual budget is just under $500,000 and has a staff of three, augmented by two AmeriCorp members.

Noting that the appointment “is an honor and a challenge,” Jakious said, “MNN has established itself as a critical resource since it was launched five years ago, and I am excited to have this opportunity to join in the work of serving and strengthening the sector and the member organizations.”

He said that he intends to restart a strategic planning process that had been put on hold while MNN searched for a new leader, and looks to complete it by the end of the second quarter.

A key goal, Jakious said, is to build membership since “the credibility of MNN to speak on behalf of the sector is directly tied to its members.” He said that MNN in 2011 boosted its total membership, which currently includes 350 nonprofits, by 24%.

Shapiro, in a letter sent to legislators and others, wrote, “While a diverse tapestry, our sector as a whole is central to the economic, social and cultural well-being and advancement of the Commonwealth. Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we work together to strengthen the capacity and effectiveness of the sector while also ensuring it is recognized and represented for the important work it does in our communities.”

Paul S. Grogan, president and CEO of The Boston Foundation, which has funded MNN since its inception, said, "Rick's background in politics and nonprofit executive leadership will serve him well at MNN.”

When asked why MNN elevated the top position from executive director to CEO, Shapiro said that since the leader of MNN is viewed as a spokesperson for the nonprofit sector, it made more sense to change the title to one that is more readily understood by the public at large.

Prior to being named national team sponsor director at City Year Boston in 2010, Jakious had served as the organization’s deputy director for four years.

Previously, he worked for City Year in Seattle, which he helped found, serving as program manager after joining as a member of AmeriCorps.

Jakious also held a number of positions with former U.S. Rep. Brian Baird, a six term congressman from Washington. Originally a constituent representative, Jakious ultimately served as a district director and campaign manager for Baird’s successful 2004 re-election.

Jakious earned a bachelor’s degree from UMass-Amherst and a certificate in nonprofit and national service administration from the University of Washington.

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