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Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts hires new development director

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts (JAWM) is announcing the hire of a new development director, William Dziura. A resident of Deerfield Mass., Dziura will work to plan and evaluate fundraising campaigns and activities, secure financial support from individuals, foundations and corporations and develop further relationships with the community.


“We are thrilled to have William joining our team,” said Jennifer A. Connolly, president of JAWM. “We offer our programs at no cost to schools and community groups, meaning our fundraising efforts are paramount to our success, making this position a vital role within our organization. I believe, with his unique background and experience in education and giving, William will be very successful in this role.”

Dziura earned a bachelor’s degree in English and history from The College of Our Lady of the Elms and a master’s degree in English literature from Trinity College. Most recently, he held the position of director of annual giving at Elms, while simultaneously working as an adjunct professor. Prior to his career in fundraising, he worked as an 8th grade English teacher at Mater Dolorosa School in Holyoke; and director of student engagement and leadership at Elms College.

“I am excited to help Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts realize a bold, 21st century vision to benefit the children and young adults of Western Massachusetts,” said Dziura. “We owe it to today’s students to provide comprehensive workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy education. I am honored to be a part of an organization with over a 100-year track record of bringing these valuable programs to the local community.”


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About Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts

Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts was founded in Springfield, MA in 1919 and is the birthplace of JA. Today more than 13,000 students in grades K–12 in Western MA participate in JA programs annually. For more information, visit