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Experienced Banking & Finance Leader Joins Nonprofit Leadership Center Team

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The Nonprofit Leadership Center is pleased to announce that Amarela Peqini has joined the organization as our new business operations manager. In this role, she will manage the operations, finances and certain human resources functions for NLC.

“I’m looking forward to working with Team NLC and supporting the many nonprofit organizations and leaders we serve by ensuring the best use of our financial resources to increase the impact we have in the community,” says Amarela.

Amarela moved to the United States in 2016 from Albania with her family in search of new opportunities. She began her career in the nonprofit sector in 2017 when she joined the InterCultural Advocacy Institute (ICAI), a nonprofit dedicated to assisting immigrants with adapting to the mainstream of community life in the US. There, she managed finances and operations, helping the organization explore new funding opportunities and diversify its revenue.

Prior to her work in the United States, Amarela worked for several European banking groups where she gained experience in portfolio management, financial analyses and managed different business lines. During her last four years in Albania, she managed the small business segment at Intesa Sanpaolo Bank where she led a team of 25 relationship managers.

Amarela is currently completing her Executive Master in Business Administration (EMBA) at the University of South Florida. She received a bachelor’s degree in Tourism Management from the University of Tirana in Albania and another in business administration from the University of Bologna, Italy.

When Amarela is not at work, she enjoys cooking, listening to audiobooks, and appreciating the Florida weather with family and friends.

“My mantra is: be present. Don’t lose a chance to learn, listen, serve, laugh and love. The present is shaping your future.”

Please join us in welcoming Amarela Peqini to Team NLC. You can connect with Amarela at and on LinkedIn.