Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Stakeholders,
After more than seven years as executive director of the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault, I have submitted my resignation to the Board of Trustees, effective May 7, 2021.
As a survivor myself, it has been such an honor working alongside so many brilliant, tenacious advocates and allies dedicated to expanding pathways to justice and healing. Together, we have amplified the voice of New Jersey’s 1.8M survivors and enacted sustainable policy and practice reforms. This decision did not come easily, but now, in the organization’s 40th year, it is time for change, and I’m ready to pass the torch.
On April 1st, NJCASA released New Jersey’s first ever Statewide Sexual Violence Needs Assessment, which can serve as a roadmap to chart the course for the future of the anti-sexual violence movement in New Jersey and beyond. With my departure, I am pleased to create space for the next mission-driven advocate to take the lead.
Please know that NJCASA stands ready for this change. We have increased state budget appropriations for sexual violence prevention and response from $900k to $12.6M. We have smart, dedicated staff. We have a robust network of providers and we have partnered with some of New Jersey’s most influential institutions and leaders. NJCASA is resilient and ready for the changes ahead.
I want to express my deepest gratitude to all who have been so supportive of NJCASA and of my leadership during my tenure, including the Board of Trustees, our donors, partners, legislators, and allies. I am honored to have served with all of you and will watch with much excitement and anticipation as NJCASA thrives in the future. Onward!
Patricia Teffenhart, MPA
New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault