WJCC Community Action Agency names new executive director


As the Williamsburg-James City County Community Action Agency continues celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018, the Board of Directors named its next executive director. Tressell Carter will succeed Reba Bolden, who took the role in 2001 and died in December.

“I am excited to be following in the path of a great leader,” Carter said in a news release. “I look forward to working with CAA’s dedicated staff in leading CAA to its future. I am most grateful for the CAA board of directors’ confidence in me to serve as the executive director.”

Anthony Conyers Jr. has served as interim executive director. Carter brings two decades of nonprofit leadership to the agency, which helps support low-income families.

"I am so excited about our new executive director and the pathway to success and guidance she brings to Community Action Agency,” Board chairwoman Carolyn Baker said in a news release.

Carter most recently served as senior associate for Open Minds, a nationwide consulting firm that specializes in health and human services.

Prior experience includes roles as executive director for the Colonial Court Appointed Special Advocate in Williamsburg, director at Neighborhood Connections in James City County and executive director of Grace Senior Services in Richmond.

“Looking at all of her experience, it’s just clear that she’s been a community leader,” said Liz Callan, the agency’s director of development.

The announcement comes as the agency prepares to publicly celebrate its semicentennial in October with events such as a gala dinner dance and a block party.

“It’s such a fortuitous time for our new director,” Callan said. “We’re looking back at 50 years and we’re looking forward to 50 years.”


For more information on the agency and upcoming events, visit wjcc-caa.org.

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