NCCJ Welcomes New President and CEO Cynthia L. Martin
By Jason Papallo, NCCJ E-Communications and Marketing Specialist
(HARTFORD, CT) - National Conference for Community and Justice is proud to announce Cynthia L. Martin as its new President and CEO. She brings nearly 30 years of experience in social justice education to the organization, having facilitated hundreds of programs to thousands of participants during that time.
Martin ran her own not-for-profit education and consulting organization in New York City for 13 years prior to moving to Connecticut in 2010.
She began working with NCCJ as a consultant in 2012. Martin provided the organization with her expertise in curriculum development, training and project management. One year later, a position was developed for her.
“We couldn’t live without her,” said outgoing President and CEO Dr. Andrea C. Kandel, who retires after a career marked with many noteworthy accomplishments in social justice work.
Over the past four years as NCCJ’s Director of Programs, Martin increased the department’s growth by over 900 percent by implementing numerous partnerships with schools in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts for youth programming. She also built adult programming for adult educators, organizations and corporations in the northeast.
She developed the Train-the-Trainer model, which enabled NCCJ to increase its program capacity from 15 in 2012 to more than 70 programs in 2017. The programs empower diverse groups of talented educators to support NCCJ’s work confronting social justice issues in our society.
During Martin’s experience in social justice education and advocacy she has worked with some of the leading organizations in the field, including the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN), Creative Response to Conflict (CRC) and the New York City Dept. of Education, in addition to NCCJ.
“I love the NCCJ; its mission and pedagogy, and I am passionate about taking the organization through this transition process into an even brighter and bolder future that continues to advance equality, promote justice and build more inclusive communities,” said Martin.
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