Plinio Ayala has been President and CEO of Per Scholas since November 2003 leading the Per Scholas mission of “Creating opportunities through education and technology.” He started at Per Scholas in 1998 as the Vice President of Operations overseeing numerous initiatives and during his tenure as President and CEO, has led Per Scholas to being a national leader in IT workforce training.
Plinio led workforce development programs in underserved communities before his tenure at Per Scholas. Mr. Ayala has a BA in American Studies. Highlights of his more than two-decade career in nonprofit management include: Director of Program Operations at SOBRO, an organization dedicated to revitalizing the South Bronx (which is also the home of Per Scholas), as well as the Chief Program Officer at Jobs for Youth New York.
Some of the numerous awards received while President of Per Scholas include the Liberty Award from the New York Post, a Citation Merit from the Bronx Borough President, the 2011 Heroes Award from the Robin Hood Foundation, and most recently the 2012 “Middle Skills” Opportunity Award from the New York City Employment & Training Coalition.
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