Following a national search, Amarely Gutiérrez Oliver began serving as REACH Beyond Domestic Violence’s new executive director in March 2023. She succeeds Laura R. Van Zandt, who retired after an 18-year tenure during which REACH doubled its shelter capacity, developed a highly effective teen dating violence prevention initiative, and adopted a holistic model that integrates direct services with prevention, community engagement, empowerment of survivors and broader advocacy to end systems of oppression.
“For over 40 years, REACH has driven positive change in the 27 communities it serves,” Ms. Gutiérrez Oliver said. “It is an honor and a privilege to lead this team. REACH is a vital resource for people experiencing domestic violence. It provides refuge, support, advocacy, and empowerment.
“With innovative programs like Latinas Know Your Rights, survivors from vulnerable communities are supported and become leaders who help others. Through its prevention programs, REACH works to ensure our communities are not only safe from violence but also from oppression. This is exciting work that changes lives.” Ms. Gutiérrez Oliver will be speaking at the REACH for the Stars Gala on April 29.
Learn more about REACH at reachma.org.