HDVS selects new executive director

The board of directors of Humboldt Domestic Violence Services (HDVS) has announced that Brenda Bishop has joined its organization as the new executive director. Bishop was chosen from a competitive pool of candidates following an extensive search.

"We are pleased to bring Brenda’s expertise to our team. She is a strong administrator and an ardent advocate of women’s and girls’ equal and human rights. She has been involved with raising awareness about the prevalence and impact of violence against women and girls on various issues pertaining to the eliminating and educating of domestic violence. We are pleased to have her leadership to further our mission and programs," says Louise Jacobson, president of Humboldt Domestic Violence Services board of directors.

A resident of Humboldt County for over 25 years, Bishop recently served as executive director for the Arcata Chamber of Commerce. She has dedicated the majority of her career to the enrichment of the non-profit sector where she has built and recruited highly talented teams and broad networks.

Her background includes working with St. Joseph’s Health System, Dell’Arte International, North Coast Resource Center, Casa Ramona, Los Padrinos and San Bernardino Rape Crisis Center where she gained particular insight into the systemic challenges facing survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Her outreach working with the underserved and at-risk communities has spanned over three decades and her personal passion lies in working with Latino communities.

"HDVS is an extraordinary healing place with a dedicated staff and board. I am honored to be welcomed back into a working culture whose programs and services assist the needs of the underrepresented and the elimination of domestic violence," said Bishop. "My personal goal is to work toward the day when domestic violence no longer exists.

Founded in 1977, the mission of HDVS is to break the cycle of violence through services, education and advocacy. The organization was founded on the principles of consensus-based empowerment and non-violence and has expanded its services throughout the years to assist all those living with or escaping from abuse. HDVS offers a variety of services and programs throughout Humboldt County, including a 24-hour crisis/support line and several programs including community resources, emergency shelter, support groups, children’s services, peer counseling, restraining order assistance and court accompaniment to name just a few.

A community mixer will be held in early December to welcome and meet the new executive director and staff, general information will follow at a later date. For more information about Humboldt Domestic Violence Services, call the business office at (707) 444-9255 or visit HDVS on the web at hdvs.org.

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Brenda Bishop