NCJW/Essex appoints new executive director

Caitlin Higgins Joy

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The board of trustees of the National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County Section, has appointed Caitlin Higgins Joy as executive director, following the retirement of Cathy Silverman.

Higgins Joy’s most recent position was as president and CEO of RCS in Clearwater, Fla. RCS is a secular nonprofit organization whose mission is to feed the hungry, help families facing homelessness return to self-sufficiency and empower survivors of domestic violence.

At RCS, Higgins Joy utilized extensive nonprofit management skills working with a complex board of directors, staff, volunteers, community partners, grantors and service recipients. She developed strategic plans, oversaw aggressive and successful capital and fund development campaigns, provided strategic communications, and was involved in extensive community engagement and outreach.

Higgins Joy received a bachelor of arts degree from Mount Holyoke College and a master’s of public administration with an emphasis on nonprofit management from the University of Alaska.

“What I love most about NCJW/Essex is its longevity, passionate members and commitment to empowering women, children and families,” Higgins Joy said. “It’s more than a faith in the future — it’s a belief that we can and will take action to build a better future for everyone.”

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