SEEDS – Access Changes Everything Welcomes Thomas Pryma to the Board of Trustees

SEEDS – Access Changes Everything Welcomes Thomas Pryma to the Board of Trustees


NEWARK, NJ, October 7, 2021 – SEEDS – Access Changes Everything is pleased to announce the appointment of Thomas Pryma to its Board of Trustees. Pryma is a partner at AEA Investors where he focuses on investments in the Value-Added Industrials and Services sectors. He joined the firm in 1999 and became a partner in 2003.

“Thomas is a welcome addition to the SEEDS Board of Trustees, bringing with him valuable experience that will be of benefit to SEEDS and the work we do each day for our scholars,” said John F. Castano, President + CEO of SEEDS. “I look forward to working with Tom alongside our fellow trustees to help further our efforts of providing transformative educational opportunities to high-performing students from low-income households.”

Pryma currently serves on the boards of API Technologies, NES Global Talent, Numotion, PST, SitelogIQ, and TricorBraun. His past appointments include serving on the board of Evoqua Water Technologies, as well as AEA portfolio companies Behavioral Interventions, Cogent Healthcare, Dematic, Houghton International, Kranson Industries, Northern China German Automotive, Pregis, Pro Mach, RelaDyne, and Unifrax.

Prior to joining AEA, Pryma was with the investment banking division of Merrill Lynch, where he advised a broad range of private equity investment firms. As part of what was at the time the leading financial sponsor coverage practice on Wall Street, he worked with many large-cap and middle-market firms on all aspects of their investment activities.

Pryma earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting and Finance from Georgetown University, where he graduated with honors. He is a certified public accountant.

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About SEEDS – Access Changes Everything
Founded in 1992, SEEDS – Access Changes Everything is a nonprofit organization that provides motivated, high-achieving, low-income students with access to top-tier education that would have otherwise been unattainable due to socioeconomic status. Through three challenging academic programs, SEEDS aims to prepare students of various grade levels for eventual placement into competitive private schools and colleges across the country.

SEEDS has been recognized locally and nationally by leading organizations including the Althea Gibson Foundation, Bank of America, Jersey Cares, Mutual of America, Oprah’s Angel Network, the Partnership in Philanthropy, and Rutgers University. In addition, Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of the financial health and efficiency of nonprofit organizations, has awarded SEEDS four consecutive 4-star ratings, its highest rating.