“Though I don’t remember it, having a transplant at 14 months old left me with a profound sense of gratitude and obligation.”Renée Williams
Renée Williams, Executive Director of the National Center for Victims of Crime, shared the story behind her title with us on May 15, 2022.
In addition to being the Executive Director of the National Center for Victims of Crime, Renée also serves as the Director of the National Crime Victim Bar Association, an affiliate program of the National Center. Prior to taking the helm of the NCCV, Renée was the executive director of a legal services organization in Pittsburgh, which focused on the legal rights of victims of domestic violence and other indigent clients. Renée is seasoned in nonprofit leadership, also serving as a board member for several non-profits, most recently, Voices in Action and the Community Liver Alliance. Renée is passionate and stays connected to the community as well. She volunteers at Children’s National Hospital and Maryland Therapeutic Riding, and advocates for children as a court-appointed special advocate (CASA). For these efforts, she has been recognized as an Athena Young Professional Finalist, named one of Pittsburgh’s 40 under 40, and received a Jefferson Award. Renée completed her undergraduate studies in theatre arts at Point Park University and subsequently received her Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Law.
Renée grew up with educators as parents and a desire to go into the arts. Her aspirations would take a turn however when a family member became involved in a criminal case, and Renée saw firsthand how victims of crime are treated within our justice system. She would go on to become a leader for victims’ rights across the country.
Listen to our interview with Renée below!
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