DECA Inc. Announces New Executive Director

The DECA Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Lou DiGioia, MBA, CAE has been named the new Executive Director of DECA Inc. DiGioia is scheduled to start as Executive Director on April 1, 2018.

DiGioia comes to DECA after spending over 20 years working at organizations that focus on extracurricular education. For the past 11 years, he has served as Executive Director of the MATHCOUNTS Foundation. During his tenure, DiGioia led the organization through a period of transformational change and growth. He spearheaded the creation of The National Math Club and the Math Video Challenge, two programs which helped make MATHCOUNTS more inclusive and helped it shatter participation records multiple years in a row. He also led the Board of Directors through an overhaul of its governance model, which earned the organization the Prudential Leadership Award for Outstanding Nonprofit Boards from BoardSource in 2012.

Prior to his work as Executive Director of MATHCOUNTS, he served as its director of operations and oversaw the transition of the organization’s National Competition to internal operational control. Before joining MATHCOUNTS, DiGioia served as the Program Director for Presidential Classroom, a civic education program that brought top high school juniors and seniors to Washington, D.C., to learn about the federal government and meet with its leaders. Prior to that role, he served as director of graduate programs for the Washington office of the Princeton Review.

“We are excited to have Lou join DECA as Executive Director. Lou’s significant experience and expertise, along with his enthusiastic commitment to our mission, will be instrumental in DECA’s ability to meet the challenges and growth opportunities of the future. I look forward to working with Lou,” said DECA Board President, Mary Peres.

DiGioia holds an MBA in accounting and finance from George Mason University, based in Fairfax, Va., and a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, based in Washington, D.C. An active member of the American Society of Association Executives, DiGioia earned the Certified Association Executive credential in 2008. He volunteers on several nonprofit boards and was recently selected to serve as a member of the advisory group for the digitalNow conference.

“As someone with a passion for extracurricular education, I recognize what a special honor it is to lead an organization like DECA,” DiGioia said. “I look forward to working with the Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers to grow and strengthen DECA while focusing on our vital mission of preparing emerging student leaders for careers in management, finance, marketing and hospitality.”

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