Educare Arizona Names New CEO

John Scola has been named Chief Executive Officer of Educare Arizona. Scola brings with him over twenty-five years of leadership, fundraising, board development and strategic planning experience in Arizona and California. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Dallas and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive. Scola has served on various boards in the United States and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Arizona and Orange County chapters. Most recently, Scola has worked with organizations in California and Arizona in various leadership capacities and has assisted in the design of capital campaigns, alumni giving programs and securing upwards of $2 million annually.

“John is a national-class leader and is the right person at the right time for Educare Arizona,” said Jessie Rasmussen, Chair of the Educare Arizona Board of Directors and President of the Omaha-based Buffett Early Childhood Fund, a foundation investing in Educare Arizona as well as 20 other Educare schools across the country. “John is a great messenger that investing in early learning is the best way to level the playing field, to ensure more young, vulnerable children will have the opportunity to grow up ready for school, healthy and eager to learn.”

A 501(c) (3) charitable organization, Educare Arizona is part of a national network of Educare schools that is dramatically changing the life trajectories of thousands of children growing up in families facing the greatest obstacles to success and changing the way America thinks about early education. Educare Arizona is made possible with the public/private support of founding partners: Balsz Elementary School District, Buffett Early Childhood Fund, Ibis Foundation of Arizona, Southwest Human Development, The Steve Nash Foundation, Whiteman Foundation and other local and national foundations.  Learn more at