James M. Souza is a Fall River native and was born in the Flint section of the city. Educated in the Fall River public school system, he attended Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School. Jim received an A.S. in Computer Science from Bristol Community College in 1981. After graduating, he worked as a computer systems programmer for 11 years in Middletown, Rhode Island. In 1992, without formal education in culinary arts, he opened New Boston Bakery in Fall River, now in its 27th year of business.
Jim is an active member of several local non-profit organizations, including the Fall River Historical Society and the Preservation Society of Fall River, in which he serves as Vice President. He was a lead activist in the citywide campaign to adopt the Community Preservation Act in Fall River, which was the first gateway city in Massachusetts to adopt it in 2012. He currently sits on the Community Preservation Committee as the Chairman. He has been active in hosting yearly fundraising events for Forever Paws Animal Shelter, the Alzheimer’s Association, and the Preservation Society of Fall River.
In 2013, Jim received the ACE Entrepreneurship Award from Bristol Community College for “Benevolent Entrepreneur.” In 2017, he received the Excellence in Business Award from the Bristol County Chamber of Commerce.
A spin instructor at General Fitness for 15 years, he is an avid cyclist, enjoys gardening, and loves to travel.
Jim is being recognized for his long-standing services to the Fall River Historical Society, his many endeavors in historic preservation, and his outstanding services to many local non-profit organizations.