Keith Pinniger – Managing DirectorBoard Member


Joseph Peri

Joseph Peri – President and CEOLeadership

Joseph A. Peri serves as the organization's President and Chief Executive Officer.

Joseph A. Peri was appointed President of Junior Achievement of New York in 2010, where he leads a staff of 30 over three locations. Mr. Peri's career experience spans both the non-profit and the corporate sectors. Prior to joining JA New York, he served as Acting President and Chief Executive Officer at the Council for Economic Education (CEE), a leading national K-12 economic and financial education organizations. He served previously as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and earlier as Vice President for Finance & Administration at CEE.

Prior to joining CEE in 1995, Mr. Peri was Assistant Vice President for Finance at The Commonwealth Fund, a large private, grant-making foundation located in New York, where he spent 12 years in a series of financial, operational and program management roles. Mr. Peri began his professional career with the firm of Deloitte Haskins and Sells (now Deloitte LLP). He is a Certified Public Accountant in New York State and a Certified Financial Planner. He graduated cum laude from Fordham University.


Renee Colombo – Senior Vice President, Development & CommunicationsLeadership

Renee Colombo was appointed to the position of Vice President for Resource Development in July, 2014. In this role, Ms. Colombo has strategic oversight and management of Resource Development, Fundraising and Marketing and Communications for JA New York's NYC, Long Island and Lower Hudson Valley operations.

Prior to joining JA New York, Ms. Colombo served as Director of Development at Goddard Riverside in NYC. She also has extensive experience in the K-12 economic education space, having served for nearly eight years in the role of Vice President for Development and Communications at the Council for Economic Education. She has also served in senior roles at Bailey House, Inc. as well as New Mexico AIDS Services. A native Long Islander, Ms. Colombo received a B.A. in Government from Smith College.


Diana Lee – Senior Director, Programs, NYC OfficeLeadership


Christopher Malin – Chief Financial Officer, Vice President Finance and AdministrationLeadership

Christopher Malin has served as Vice President of Finance & Administration for JA New York since January 2011. In this role, Mr. Malin manages all finance, accounting, human resources and day-to-day operations.

Mr. Malin has over 20 years experience as a senior financial and administrative manager in the not-for-profit, public, and private sectors. For the last 13 years, he has worked at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC), a not-for-profit organization that serves as the City of New York's principal economic development and planning arm. During his career at EDC, he served in a series of positions with increasing responsibility and oversight, from Assistant Vice President to Vice President and Treasurer/Controller. Prior to his experience at EDC, he worked for the New York City Department of Finance and for United Parcel Service.

Mr. Malin has a B.B.A. in accounting from Pace University in New York.


Steven Sherrick – Vice President, Program OperationsLeadership

Mr. Sherrick joined Junior Achievement of New York (JA New York) in 2012. He currently serves as Vice President for Program Operations with strategic oversight and management of JA programs throughout New York City, Long Island and the Lower Hudson Valley. Prior to this role, Mr. Sherrick served in various positions within JA New York on both the Programs and Development teams, including as Director of Institutional Giving with responsibility for managing the organization’s corporate, foundation and public sector funding relationships, with key responsibilities for new business strategy and government relations.

Previous to joining JA New York, Mr. Sherrick spent more than 15 years in the financial services industry before receiving his Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from the City University of New York’s Baruch College School of Public Affairs in 2011 (now the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs). He was a semifinalist for the Presidential Management Fellows program, served as a member of the NYC Civic Corps (part of the National Service Corps’ AmeriCorps), and has completed managerial training as part of the Executive Education Program at Penn State’s Smeal College of Business. He is a member of the National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration and received his B.A. in International Relations from Bucknell University.


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