Renee Black Steps Down as Executive Director
VANCOUVER, BC; March 10, 2020 — PeaceGeeks, a nonprofit organization that builds digital tools to empower communities in pursuit of peace, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Freeman as Chief Executive Officer effective April 1, 2020. Jennifer will lead the global team from the Vancouver head office.
Renee Black, who founded PeaceGeeks in 2011 and has since served as Executive Director, will step down from her role following the completion of the CEO transition plan at the end of April 2020.
“The Board of Directors would like to thank Renee for her leadership and unwavering commitment to PeaceGeeks,” said Simon Canning, Chair of the Board. “Renee led PeaceGeeks from an idea to an award-winning organization with a team of 17 and offices in Canada and Jordan. PeaceGeeks started as a grassroots, volunteer-run group and evolved to a nonprofit leader in building and leveraging technology for peace—receiving generous support from Google.org, the Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia, and other corporate partners and individuals.”
Jennifer is a peacebuilder who has worked in conflict zones, refugee settlements, nonprofits, universities, and with peacebuilders in over 55 countries. Before joining PeaceGeeks, Jennifer was a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics’ Centre for Women, Peace and Security; and the Associate Director for the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego where she oversaw their domestic and international peacebuilding programs.
“We are honoured to welcome Jennifer to the team,” added Simon Canning. “Jennifer has been at the forefront of developing strategic initiatives and public-private partnerships that leverage technology to enhance the safety, security, and agency of peacebuilders around the world. We are confident the vision Renee has persevered to accomplish over the last several years will continue to flourish under Jennifer’s direction.”
Renee will continue providing fundraising and strategic support to Jennifer and the PeaceGeeks team through the Board of Directors after her departure.
“It has been an incredible journey at PeaceGeeks,” said Renee. “I look forward to seeing the organization continue to grow and make a positive impact around the globe under Jennifer’s leadership."
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