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Naila Bolus is the president and chief executive officer of Jumpstart, a national early education organization working towards the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. Jumpstart provides language, literacy and social-emotional programming for preschool children from under-resourced communities and promotes quality early learning for all children. Previous to Jumpstart, Naila was executive director of Ploughshares Fund, the largest grant-making foundation in the United States dedicated exclusively to security and peace funding. At Ploughshares Fund, she transformed the organization from a small funder to a national, influential policy player, and helped lead an effort to win Senate ratification of the New START treaty in December 2010. She pioneered a model of "impact philanthropy" that leveraged the foundation's convening power, grant-making and operational capacity. Prior to Ploughshares Fund, she served as co-director of 20/20 Vision, a national grassroots lobby. She helped found and served as political director of the Women Legislators' Lobby, a national network of women state legislators. Naila graduated from Tufts University with a degree in international relations. She lives in Newton, Massachusetts, with her husband and three daughters. Naila is a Fellow of the 13th class of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.