Dear CSVANW Community,
I am thrilled to announce that we are on the brink of an exciting new chapter at the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women (CSVANW). After seven years of dedicated service, including four years as your Executive Director, the time has come for me to embrace a new journey. My commitment to our mission has been a driving force behind our collective successes, and it is with a heart full of gratitude that I will be stepping down on November 17th.
It has been my honor to lead CSVANW through our most transformative years. Reflecting on our accomplishments, I want to share some of my proudest achievements:
- Growing our beloved organization to 18 staff members who are from the tribal communities that we serve and seeding financial sustainability with a $2.5 million operating budget.
- Development of culturally comprehensive programs that have been recognized nationally for their effectiveness in addressing root causes of violence in our tribal communities which has supported the empowerment of thousands of Native women and their families.
- Influencing policy changes at both state and federal levels, advocating for legislation that protects Native women and ensures their voices are heard and respected, including the Indian Families Protection Act, the Not Invisible Act, and Savannah’s Act.
- Implementing healing-centered educational campaigns that have raised awareness about the issues facing our communities, changing the conversation at a national level which has mobilized thousands and reached millions of people over the years.
- Building strong partnerships with advocates, tribal leaders, and organizations to ensure a united front in our efforts to provide safety and justice for Native women.
I am incredibly humbled to leave CSVANW knowing that the years I have spent here have fostered a future where our communities can achieve freedom from violence.
I have answered a calling to join IllumiNative as Chief Impact Officer focused on transforming public consciousness, behavior, and policy, fostering authentic visibility, equity, and self-determination for Native communities through the power of story. I imagine a future where our voices, stories, and issues advance justice and liberation and am excited to deepen my commitment to our Native People.
I am excited to announce that Tiffany Jiron has stepped into the role of Interim Executive Director as of November 13, 2023. Tiffany’s passion, lived experience, and determination is exactly what CSVANW needs to move this work forward.
“ I am incredibly grateful to be trusted to lead the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women during this time. I will pour my heart, love, soul, and courage to ensure the coalition stays strong for the communities we serve as it directly impacts the lives of survivors. I am eager to build upon the incredible legacy left by Angel, fostering our collective strengths to forge a path toward healing and justice. We are at a horizon of hope, and I am truly honored to lead us toward it”- Tiffany Jiron.
I can close this chapter in my leadership knowing that CSVANW is trusted by community – and I thank each person who has contributed to building this trust. Together, we do more.
In Deep Gratitude,