The Women’s Resource Center and its Board of Directors has announced Jennifer Luna as their new Executive Director. Luna will oversee program development, compliance, community and public relations, and fundraising planning for the WRC, a crisis pregnancy center located on Fourth Street across from Northwestern State University.
She recently obtained her Master’s degree in Public Administration in 2019 from The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University where she specialized in nonprofit management. During her time there, she completed a Capstone regarding sex trafficking for the Texas Attorney General’s Office which will be soon be implemented state-wide and was a graduate research assistant for the Center for Nonprofits and Philanthropy, supervising the development of numerous student enrichment opportunities and participated in strategic planning.
“We are overjoyed to have someone with Jennifer’s commitment, enthusiasm and qualifications on board with us,” said Buddy Wood, Board President. “Jennifer embodies the spirit of the WRC, believes in community partnership and welcomes the opportunity to expand the vision and effectiveness of this organization throughout Natchitoches and the surrounding parishes.”
In 2018, Luna was the sole selected intern for the accrediting body of Children’s Advocacy Centers, the National Children’s Alliance, in Washington, D.C. There, she created individualized state publications on child abuse trends to the judiciary staffers in all 535 offices in Capitol Hill and researched policy effects.
Luna has worked and volunteered in the nonprofit sector since 2013 and is a member of multiple professional development groups, including the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Nu Lambda Mu. Her and her husband Jordan Malachi Luna, a graduate assistant for the Northwestern State Men’s Basketball Team, have been residents of Natchitoches since mid-2019.
“Jennifer and Jordan are already valued members of the community and we look forward to seeing the immediate impact she will make in the Women’s Resource Center,” Wood added.
Luna’s duties as Executive Director will begin immediately with the primary focus on serving clients and the annual Gala planned for late September.