Take Stock in Children of Manatee County, a nonprofit organization that provides mentoring and postsecondary scholarships to students grades 6-12 from low-income families, has hired Jamie Serino as its Executive Director. Serino comes to the organization with over 20 years of executive leadership experience in the nonprofit, government and corporate sectors. 


Throughout his notable career, Serino has developed and contributed to successful programs providing scholarship, mentorship and internship opportunities for students at all levels from middle through graduate school.  In addition to receiving many professional achievement awards, he has helped raise more than $132 million for education, environmental research and conservation programs.


“It is truly an honor to join this wonderful and highly respected organization,” Serino said. “I’m extremely pleased to be part of a fantastic team of dedicated and passionate people helping to change lives and having such a positive impact on the entire community.” 


Most recently, Serino was President for The Alliance, a consulting firm providing organizational design and management, environmental and sustainability planning, policy, fundraising, marketing and communications leadership to local, state and national organizations.  He holds a MSM/MBA from National Louis University in Chicago, IL and a BS in Marine Biology from Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL.


Take Stock in Children is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to break the cycle of poverty for low-income, academically qualified students by providing opportunities for a post-secondary education through mentoring and college scholarships.  Comprehensive services for Take Stock scholars begin in middle school, continue through high school and include students' transition into college and professional careers.  For more information about Take Stock in Children Manatee, please contact Jessica Armstrong at armstrongj@manateeschools.net or (941) 751-6550 x 2368.  The organization’s website is www.takestockmanatee.org.