Meet Dr. Amalia Luxardo, WREN’s New CEO

by Kelli R. Parker on Feb 1, 2024

An exciting announcement marks the dawn of a new era at the Women’s Rights & Empowerment Network (WREN). With great pleasure, we introduce the distinguished Dr. Amalia Luxardo, who will be taking the helm as our new Chief Executive Officer.

With over two decades of dedicated service in the public sector, Dr. Luxardo brings a wealth of leadership experience and an unwavering passion for positive change. But what sets her apart is her impressive résumé and her commitment to elevating and empowering historically underrepresented and underserved communities.

Beth Ruffin, Chair of WREN’s Board of Directors, expressed her enthusiasm: “Amalia’s experience, passion, and vision align perfectly with the needs of our organization. Her track record of fundraising success and strategic thinking is precisely what we need to strengthen WREN’s leadership position. Under her guidance, we are poised to continue making a lasting impact within the communities we serve.”

Headshot of WREN's new CEO, Dr. Amalia Luxardo

Impressive track record

As a bilingual, bicultural daughter of immigrants, Luxardo’s distinguished professional and academic career has been dedicated to serving others.

Before joining WREN, Dr. Luxardo served as the CEO of the Women’s Foundation for the State of Arizona, where her transformative leadership expanded a regional organization statewide. Luxardo’s accomplishments include redistributing over $10 million, launching the state’s first Women and Girls of Color Fund, and advocating for legislation benefitting over 160,000 single mothers. Her accolades, including Arizona’s Top 40 under 40 and Capital Times Achiever of the Year, attest to her trailblazing impact.

Brandi Parrish Ellison, WREN’s Chief Operating Officer and interim CEO, is equally excited about the appointment: “We extend a warm welcome to Luxardo. Her leadership will build upon our strong foundation, and I eagerly anticipate collaborating with her to further our mission of gender justice.”

Dr. Luxardo holds a Ph.D. in conflict analysis and resolution from Nova Southeastern University and previously served as a researcher and policy advisor for the Department of State during the Obama administration. Her research, a resource for the national administration’s blueprint for immigration reform, exemplifies her commitment to turning ideas into actionable change.

“I am honored to join such an incredible team working tirelessly for women, girls, and gender-expansive individuals in South Carolina. I look forward to increasing our visibility, expanding our reach, and helping to secure legislative wins for our communities,” Luxardo expressed.

Save the Date

Dr. Amalia Luxardo will officially assume the CEO role on February 20, 2024, marking the beginning of an exciting new chapter for WREN.

Join us in extending a warm welcome as we embark on this journey of positive change and empowerment under her capable leadership.

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