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Woldeguiorguis, Isa

Executive Director

The Center for Hope and Healing, Inc. (CHH)

Isa Woldeguiorguis has been the Executive Director of The Center for Hope and Healing, Inc. (CHH) for almost a decade. CHH serves victims of rape and sexual assault, and provides education and awareness-raising to eradicate sexual violence in the greater Lowell Massachusetts area for 45 years. Isa worked in the antiviolence field for 25 years prior, holding several statewide and national roles in the movement to end sexual and domestic violence. From 2007-2010, Isa worked at the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence (Jane Doe Inc.) as the Policy Director and then Membership Director. Prior to this, she worked at the Department of Social Services (DSS) now the Department of Children and Families (DCF) in Massachusetts from 1994- 2007. She began as a domestic violence advocate then became the Director of the Massachusetts DSS Domestic Violence Unit, the first such unit in the country. She served her final tenure as the Assistant Commissioner for Practice and Policy in 2007. Isa has served as faculty on several national initiatives and co-instructed courses on leadership and the antiviolence movement at local college and Universities, including Simons School of Social Work. She is currently faculty as a Senior Fellow with the Institute for Non-Profit Practice. She has authored several articles on topics such as family-centered practice in child welfare, racial and ethnic disproportionality and immigration. Isa is a Board member of Women of Color Inc, a national organization and is the co-chair and one of the founders of the Massachusetts Women of Color Network.

Isa has lived and/or worked in Lowell since 1994 when she first worked at the District Court on an alternative sentencing project. Since then, she felt at home. In her spare time she likes to spend time with her partner and children, particularly at the beach.

Isa holds a BSW from the City University of NY and an M.Ed. from Cambridge college. She has received certifications from Simmons College School of Social Work and is an alumnus of the nationally renowned social justice leadership program, Move to End Violence as a member of Cohort IV.

Woldeguiorguis, Isa
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