BWJP Welcomes Jenna Wiggins, as the new Deputy Director of the Firearms Technical Assistance Project (FTAP)

Jenna Wiggins joins BWJP with a background in social work, law, human services, child welfare, and domestic violence. She has spent the bulk of her career in various roles initiating and developing integrated model programs in Indian Country. Most recently, she served as the Human Services Director for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians where she led child welfare, juvenile justice, and domestic violence programs focused on community engagement, the integration of mental health, and community healing.

“Jenna's experience and dedication to addressing gender-based violence makes her a valuable addition to our team. Her impressive track record in social work speaks for her commitment to meeting the needs of survivors. We look forward to Jenna's collaboration in this vital work." - Amy J. Sánchez, CEO BWJP 

Meet Jenna: 

Q: What brought you into the field of gender-based violence? 

I started my career in child abuse and neglect investigations, where gender-based violence and deficits in the systems serving survivors were very obvious. As I worked in the field, I perused further education to advance my ability to impact systems that weren't able to meet the needs of survivors and their families in a way that supported their overall safety and wellbeing.

Q: What drew you to BWJP? 

When I first became aware of BWJP the mission of “Changing Systems, Transforming Lives” struck me immediately as a direct reflection of what I had set out in my career to do, and the impact I wanted to have on survivor serving systems.  The mission spoke volumes about the work of BWJP and the mindset of the team.

Q: What are you most looking forward to working at BWJP?    

I look forward to being a part of the collaborative approaches and work being done by BWJP. And helping to implement the extensive work done by BWJP with our local, state, and federal partners around the country.

Q: How do you like to spend your time outside of work? 

When I am not working, you can find me kayaking, hiking in the mountains or enjoying competitive sports with my family (and our furry family members).

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