SquashBusters Welcomes New CEO

SquashBusters is delighted to announce Rodney R. Galvao as our new Chief Executive Officer, effective July 1st. He succeeds founder Greg Zaff, who stepped down as CEO last year.

Many of you know Rodney from his time as the Director of SquashBusters Providence and more recently as Senior Development Officer.

“On behalf of the entire board, we are thrilled that Rodney will be SquashBusters’ next CEO,” said Board Chair Don Mykrantz.  “Rodney’s appointment as CEO is the ultimate validation of the SquashBusters mission and his involvement in every aspect of our business – from the perspective he gained as a program participant during his youth to his many years of program and development leadership – makes him uniquely qualified to lead the organization into its next phase of success.”

A native of Dorchester, Rodney joined SquashBusters at age 12 and is a graduate of Bates College and a former collegiate squash player. He is known for his ability to connect with all facets of the communities that underpin SquashBusters’ work – be it students, donors, peer organizations, alumni, sponsors and strategic partners.

“That initial leap of faith was the most important decision I’ve made in my life,” said Galvao. “So much of who I am today as a young man is the result of my SquashBusters experience. I am thrilled and honored to be chosen as the next leader. There simply is no organization I care more about or believe in so profoundly because, time and again, I have seen SquashBusters work its magic on so many people’s lives.”

Galvao’s professional tenure with SquashBusters began 10 years ago in 2014 when he joined the organization as a squash coach in Boston, where he quickly became a leader and mentor to both students and peers on staff. In 2017, he moved to Providence, RI as part of the founding leadership team at SQB’s expansion program and served as Program and Co-Executive Director for six years. In mid-2023, Galvao became Senior Development Officer, a position that included a seat on the organization’s Senior Leadership Team. He was charged with direct oversight of the SQB Champions League – the organization’s newest fundraising initiative and with supporting the Chief Development Officer in meeting SQB’s robust revenue goals. His new role of CEO is the culmination of all he has learned and all he has accomplished in his two decades at SQB.

We know great things are in store for SquashBusters under Rodney’s careful guidance. Please join us in wishing him well as SQB begins a new chapter and feel free to reach out to him at r.galvao@squashbusters.org. He would love to hear from you.