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Rebecca White, HAWC President and CEO departs after 10 years


In 2018, the Houston Area Women’s Center launches its fifth decade of working to end domestic and sexual violence and supporting those affected in building safe and healthy lives.  2018 will also mark a new beginning for HAWC’s President and CEO, Rebecca White.  The Board of Directors and staff of the Houston Area Women’s Center would like to share news that Rebecca will be leaving the organization in January.  After ten years with the agency and thirty years working in the nonprofit sector in Houston, Rebecca will be leaving to pursue a new opportunity in the private sector.
Rebecca started with HAWC in March 2008. During her tenure, the agency has achieved tremendous growth and expansion.  In 2008, the agency was operating with $4.5 million in revenues.  Today, the agency’s revenues have grown to more than $8 million annually, with greater diversity and balance among sources of funding. In conjunction with the growth in private and public sector funding has come broader reach in the community and greater impact in the lives of those served through the agency’s programs.
Over the past ten years, the agency has continued to expand the scope and quality of core services while adding new programs and extending its services into under-served communities.  Initiation of primary prevention in middle and high schools; the addition of psychotherapy services; providing legal counsel and representation through regular onsite pro bono legal clinics; onsite medical evaluation, enrollment and referral; formalized partnerships with regional researchers; collaboratively operated programs with the Houston Police Department and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office; the provision of counseling and advocacy services to sexual assault survivors in local jails, and the opening of a new satellite office in Sunnyside are among the many areas of expansion and growth across the agency.
Rebecca stated that the decision to accept the new opportunity was difficult and bittersweet, but she expresses gratitude for the opportunity to serve:
“Being a part of this amazing organization has been a gift and a journey.  I have learned so much from the talented, committed, indomitable staff and volunteers with whom I have worked and have been inspired by our clients who trust us with their lives and demonstrate such courage in building lives free from unspeakable violence.  Over the past ten years, I have seen the very worst of what humans can do to each other and I have also seen the very best that we can offer each other.  It is the latter that I will carry in my heart as I move forward.  I am eternally grateful to so many staff, volunteers and board members for providing what has turned out to be a life-changing experience.  I truly love this organization and the phenomenal individuals who together make it what it is and has been. I know that because of them, HAWC will thrive in the years ahead.”

The Board of Directors has begun the process of identifying candidates for an Interim President and CEO who will serve until a permanent replacement is named.  They are also working to engage an executive search firm to manage the process of identifying and hiring a full-time President and CEO who shares the vision and values HAWC has lived over the past forty years.  We know there is still much work to be done to end domestic and sexual violence, and we are grateful that we can continue to count on your support as we make this transition.  Please join us in thanking Rebecca for her decade of dedication and service to HAWC and in wishing her continued success in the next chapter of her life.