Peter Curcio is a non-profit Executive with extensive experience in management and development. Throughout his long tenure with Junior Achievement Pete has led the organization with entrepreneurial spirit and vigor. As a President and CEO for the Delaware Valley operation, Pete increased student growth to reach over 70,000 students in grades K-12. The message of economic education was introduced throughout the Philadelphia School District where every student in grades K-6 received JA’s programs.
After the fall of communism, Pete was asked by the International Executive Service Corporation to visit Nizhny Novgorod, Russia and establish JA programs throughout the region. The month-long visit included teacher training, meetings with local officials, and raising funds to preserve programs. As a sister City to Philadelphia, Nizhny Novgorod embraced the JA model and it remains active today.
Pete is quite proud of building a student learning facility, Exchange City in Chester, PA. He led a successful capital campaign to build “Exchange City” which blends economic principles and technology for a hands-on experience for students.
When Pete joined the Senior Management team at JA Worldwide he became a leader in the Operations area. He traveled throughout the eastern United States as a resource to local area Presidents. Pete’s ability to look at organizations through a global lens and knowledge of sound business practices became a valuable asset to the local Board of Directors and staff.
For his service to Junior Achievement, Pete was the recipient of the Charles R. Hook Award. The Hook Award is the highest honor awarded to a JA professional.
Upon leaving Junior Achievement Pete joined the leadership team of All Saints Catholic School as Director of Advancement. This role was new to the Diocese of Wilmington and during his two-year tenure, Pete was instrumental in building relationships, generating funds, and blending five very different communities.
Jobs for Delaware Graduates afforded Pete the opportunity to work directly with the President and experience all elements of the organization. In his role as Resource Development Officer major responsibilities included working with the Board of Directors, raising funds from non-government sources, and increased awareness. In his first year, he was successful in generating revenue garnering enhanced awareness through electronic media and social networks, and adding value as a member of the Senior Leadership team. Pete also established relationships with many community organizations that now partner with JDG. The combination of corporate and community leadership has poised Jobs for Delaware Graduates for success in the future.
Before joining the Beau Biden Foundation, Pete assumed the role of Director of Advancement at Saint Mark’s High School. Through his leadership, the Fund for Saint Mark’s doubled in two years and donor retention reached an annual high of 55%. Pete and his team engaged alumni be establishing the Saint Mark’s Athletic Hall of Fame to recognize Saint Mark’s athletes from all generations.
Community service is important, and Pete served six years on the Education Board for the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington with two years as President. He is currently the President of the Delaware Photographic Society.
Pete is a graduate of Youngstown State University and Columbia Pacific University holding a Master of Arts in Business Administration and Management.