For Immediate Release
Jenna Panas, CEO
Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence
AZ COALITION TO END SEXUAL AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE WELCOMES NEW CEO
Phoenix, AZ, July 31, 2020 –The Arizona Coalition to End Sexual & Domestic Violence (ACESDV) Board of Directors is pleased to announce Jenna Panas has joined ACESDV as CEO since June 8, 2020. Jenna has extensive expertise driving organizations to achieve growth and strategic focus, and they are confident that under her leadership, ACESDV will have an even greater impact on the people, program members and communities it serves.
Jenna is a seasoned leader in both nonprofit and public-sector organizations. Most recently, she served as the Program Director of the Impact Instruction program at Arizona State University’s Center for Child Well Being, where she managed the design of curriculum and online instruction options for courses in Child Welfare, Foster Youth, Literacy Support, and Childhood Trauma. She has also taught for the School of Public Affairs, with a research emphasis on critical theory, and power dynamics leading to a lack of constituency voices.
Prior to her roles in Arizona, Jenna held multiple leadership positions at non-profit organizations focusing on the welfare of women and children. She worked extensively in the fields of domestic violence, homelessness, and economic empowerment. Jenna served as” interim CEO of the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center where she helped strengthen the nonprofit by securing large-scale grants and created systems to measure outcomes and track success rates. Jenna’s leadership extends to managing a consulting firm that provides change-management training and leadership coaching to nonprofit organizations.
Jenna’s career has been dedicated to serving women and children, working to end domestic violence and sexual assault, and strengthening nonprofit organizations. She brings a tremendous amount of passion and enthusiasm to her new role.
“While the solutions for ending domestic and sexual violence are complex, Arizona has many great minds and passionate hearts working on solutions and I am delighted to be joining them in partnership. By listening to survivors and responding to their unique needs and stories, we ensure success for all. We have made tremendous strides at the Coalition over the last 40 years, it is an honor to work to extend that legacy into the future.”
ACESDV is excited to have Jenna on board and look forward to her leadership. Please join ACESDV in welcoming her to our organization.
About the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence
The Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (ACESDV) works to dismantle oppression and promote equity among all people, focusing on increasing public awareness about sexual and domestic violence and enhancing safety and services for survivors. ACESDV was originally founded as the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence in 1980, so that concerned citizens and professionals could unite in a statewide organization to end domestic violence. In 2013, the coalition became the designated dual coalition to address both sexual and domestic violence in Arizona, thus becoming the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence. ACESDV provides training and technical assistance to responders, service providers, and community members, engages in public policy advocacy and public awareness initiatives, and provides direct services through their Sexual and Domestic Violence Services Helpline and online chat.