The New Jersey School Boards Association has welcomed a new director of budget and finance, John Faford, who replaces recently-retired director Fran Pullo.

“The director of budget and finance plays a critical role in assuring the financial integrity of our organization,” explained Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod, NJSBA executive director. “John is an accomplished finance and accounting executive, and I look forward to his contribution to NJSBA.”

Faford, who has extensive experience at Fortune 100 and Dow Jones companies, said he looks forward to applying his experience in the private sector to NJSBA’s mission. He began work at the Association on Oct. 10, and took his first leap into education by attending Workshop 2016 just two weeks later.

“I’ve been very impressed by the passion people have for our mission of improving education,” said Faford. Among the Workshop events that impressed him were the keynote speech by educator Fredi Lajvardi and the presentations by New Jersey students who competed in Workshop’s new STEAM Tank competition. He said he also spent time meeting vendors and others on the exhibit floor.

In his career, Faford has demonstrated success in establishing and delivering financial and operational goals, including implementing strategic and operating changes to improve profitability. At NJSBA, he will develop the Association budget, work with NJSBA’s audit committee and finance committee, and handle other finance-related tasks.

Faford, who resides in Cherry Hill, received his BS from Drexel University and is a Certified Public Accountant. He and his wife, a Pennsauken math teacher, have three adult children.