The board of directors of The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Chautauqua County is pleased to announce that Kate Piazza has been named executive director.
Piazza will lead the organization in its efforts to ensure that every Northern Chautauqua County youth has access to youth development services. Piazza is a local young professional who has provided leadership and advocacy for nonprofit organizations for the past five years, with extensive experience in the development of multidisciplinary programming and education programs for youth in Western New York.
Board President Jim Enser said, "The Board of Directors looks forward to working with Kate. She will be an effective leader of the Boys & Girls Club and a passionate advocate for our kids who will inspire the youth, educators, parents, elected officials and the other organizations with whom we partner."
Piazza replaces Edward James "EJ" Hayes III, who left the club in June to other career endeavors. He has graciously offered to assist with the Annual Golf Tournament, sponsored by DFT, at Shorewood Country Club on Aug. 1.
Before joining the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Chautauqua County, Piazza served as the E-net coordinator for the Workforce Investment Board of Chautauqua Works on youth and young professional development initiatives. Prior to that, she served a year with the Western New York, AmeriCorps - ABLE (America Builds Lives through Education) chapter, providing career-related education opportunities for at-risk youth at Riverside High School in Buffalo.
Piazza adds, "I am extremely excited about joining the movement at the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Chautauqua County. The work that is being done to help bring opportunities to the children in Northern Chautauqua County is essential to their personal growth and academic success, and to the future success of our community."
Piazza is a graduate of Pepperdine University, holding a master's in public policy, economics and international relations. Her undergraduate coursework, studied at Niagara University, is in Criminal Justice and Sociology. She is a voting member of Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation and a member of the Brain Gain Action Team through the Jamestown Strategic Planning and Partnerships Commission.