The CCEJ Board of Directors announces that Kimmy Maniquis has been appointed as the Interim Executive Director. Kimmy has served CCEJ for eight years including four as the Associate Executive Director overseeing programs and operations.

This news comes as Executive Director Wende Nichols-Julien announced she is leaving CCEJ to become the CEO of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)-Los Angeles. CASA-Los Angeles works to improve the lives of children in the dependency system by pairing them with trained volunteer advocates. Wende’s professional training in the law and her passion for justice and youth development make her uniquely qualified for the CASA CEO position.

During Wende’s nearly five years at CCEJ, the organization’s growth has been
phenomenal. The annual budget has more than doubled, staff size tripled and CCEJ is serving thousands more people each year with much lower overhead costs. CCEJ has ended with operational surpluses for four years in a row and all signs point to similar success this coming year.

Much of CCEJ’s success over the past five years is attributable to the work and expertise of Kimmy Maniquis. Kimmy is a long-time resident of Long Beach and has an educational background in Social Sciences and Ethnic Studies. She also has on-the-ground experience and relationships with key stakeholders including district leaders, principals, teachers, youth and systems leaders that have been key in the expansion of CCEJ’s business over the last five years and with the introduction of Restorative Justice into our work.

The CCEJ Board of Directors is proud to support Kimmy in upholding CCEJ’s reputation as a premier equity and justice organization that delivers excellent work with integrity and respect for all.

Contact: Kimmy Maniquis
Interim Executive Director
(562)435-8184

Drew Gagner
CCEJ Board Chair
drew.gagner@dignityhealth.org

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