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August 15, 2012

Washington, D.C. – Last week marked the end of Sue Else's six-year tenure as president of NNEDV. Colleagues thanked her for her groundbreaking, innovative leadership and warmly wished her all the best in her next endeavors.suebidensforweb

During her time as president, NNEDV sored to new heights. Else led many collaborative efforts that saw many legislative victories. NNEDV helped to increase its strength and reach with the inclusion of the U.S. territories. Else tirelessly advocated for effective, survivor-centered programs across the country, always putting victims at the core of everything she did from the beginning of her career thirty years ago.


"From the bottom of my heart, thank you for all you do every day," Else told her colleagues. "I am now moving on to a new chapter in my life, and I am excited about the new opportunities that lie ahead."

A highlight of her tenure was hosting earlier this year a very successful World Conference of Women's Shelters – a massive effort that brought together 1,500 victim advocates from nearly 100 countries. Officials from the Obama Administration, President Bill Clinton, the Crown Princess of Denmark, and NNEDV spokespeople Victor Rivers and Gloria Gaynor made memorable appearances.

"Sue has been an incredible leader who took NNEDV to a new level," said Rene Renick, NNEDV's vice president of programs and emerging issues. "It was an honor to work with Sue for so long, and all of us wish her the very best."

NNEDV's Board of Directors is working diligently to search for and appoint a new president as quickly and thoughtfully as possible.