Larry Washington began his role as President of Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans (JAGNO) in 2015. JAGNO is dedicated to educating, empowering, and inspiring nearly 35,000 New Orleans area young people in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. He oversees the Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge program – a high school entrepreneurship competition that challenges students to pitch their best startup idea for a chance to gain access to long term startup support, and to win up to $80,000 in scholarship funds for themselves, and funds for their schools. Washington has 20 years of nonprofit management and leadership experience serving in different roles in Houston and New Orleans, including Junior Achievement in Houston with annual programming of 80,000 students in over 20 school districts. As the Fort Bend County Director for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Houston, he helped open a state-of-the-art, 22,000-square-foot facility, the largest Boys and Girls Club in the Houston area.
Washington is a native of Houston, a graduate of the University of Houston and the Penn State Executive Management Program. Among other roles, Washington serves as Chairman of the Board for KIPP New Orleans Schools, and as a board member for the New Orleans Leadership Institute.