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The Association of Latino Professionals for America Appoints Babson Student Josuel Plasencia ’17 as First Student Director


The Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) has appointed Josuel Plasencia ’17 as the first Student Director on the ALPFA Board of Directors.

In accordance with ALPFA’s by-laws, and to ensure that student members’ interests and concerns receive even greater consideration, Plasencia was selected as the Student Member Director at the May 13 board meeting. He will serve on the board for the remainder of 2016.

Josuel Plasencia

Josuel Plasencia is a social entrepreneur, youth advocate, and community leader. He has been featured on NBC, ABC, PBS, C-Span and in The Wall Street Journal. At Babson, he co-founded Project 99, a startup focused on inclusive entrepreneurship, which piloted its first program in the Dominican Republic. Project 99’s summer 2015 program brought together 20 students for four days, which was sponsored and made possible by Delta Airlines, Deloitte Dominican Republic, Grupo Rica, Grupo Corripio, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, ALPFA, and the Clinton Global Initiative.

He currently sits on the Alumni Leadership Council of the National Academy Foundation, an organization that turned around the course of his life in high school.

He was raised by a single mother, in a family where he was the first to graduate high school. He is the recipient of the 2012 Junior Achievement Student of the Year, the 2013 New York City Board of Education Mentee of the Year, and ALPFA’s 2015 Student of the Year, where he rang the bell at the New York Stock Exchange. Josuel accredits his entrepreneurial experience as being instrumental in unlocking his potential. He has interned with the KPMG United Nations Desk, Ernst Young, and BNY Mellon. During the summer of 2015, he was a Summer Analyst in Goldman Sach’s Private Wealth Management group.