President & CEO
Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)
Dr. J.D. LaRock is the President & CEO of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) a global nonprofit organization that provides high-quality entrepreneurship education to high school and middle school students from under-resourced communities as well as programs for college students and adults. NFTE currently works in 25 U.S. states and 14 countries and has served more than 1.1 million students since its founding in 1987.Previously Dr. LaRock served in the administration of Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker as President of the Commonwealth Corporation the state’s workforce development authority. He was also education policy director for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and senior education advisor to the late Senator Ted Kennedy helping to lead the 2008 reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Dr. LaRock is a Professor of the Practice of Law and Policy at Northeastern University in Boston and formerly served on the university’s senior leadership team. He earned his bachelor’s master’s and doctoral degrees from Harvard University and a law degree from Georgetown University.