Welcome, Courtney Thomas!
Dear Valued Newhouse Supporter,

It is with great enthusiasm that the Newhouse Board of Directors names Courtney Thomas as its new President & CEO. She will start on December 16, 2019.

Since February of 2017, Thomas has served as President and CEO of Central Exchange, a leadership development organization helping women achieve their full personal and professional potential. A member of the Newhouse board of directors since October of 2018, Thomas served as chair of the shelter’s 2019 House Party, its most successful annual fundraising event to date.

“Courtney has a personal connection to the mission of domestic violence prevention and has advocated for survivors for nearly two decades. We look forward to the many ways our mission will expand under her leadership,” said Newhouse Board Chair Rochelle Stringer. “Her passion for the cause, coupled with her 20-year track record of business transformation, strengthening organizational culture and enhancing community engagement, positions her well to advance the mission impact at Newhouse.”

During her tenure at Central Exchange, Thomas significantly shifted financial performance, revitalized programming, led a full agency rebrand, and delivered innovative practices to grow membership, expand the market footprint and position the organization for long-term sustainability. Prior to Central Exchange, Thomas led the merger of two nonprofits to form Great Plains SPCA where she served as President & CEO. Before the SPCA, she spent eight years in executive leadership in operations, marketing and public relations.  

“It is such an honor to serve an organization that is truly transforming the lives of thousands in our community every year. The impacts of domestic violence go far beyond the wounds and bruises that can be seen. This is a societal issue that will take us all working together to solve. Everyone deserves to live a life free of domestic abuse, and I look forward to serving as your partner to break the cycle of domestic violence,” said Thomas.

Thomas’ appointment as President & CEO at Newhouse coincides with the organization’s development of a new strategic plan, along with its current Building Strong Tomorrows Capital Campaign.

“With a longstanding, successful career in the nonprofit sector and exceptional fundraising and development skills, Courtney possess the business acumen, strategic vision, motivational leadership skills and passion for our mission to lead Newhouse into its next stage of success,” said Joly Herman, chair of the Building Strong Tomorrows campaign.

For nearly 50 years, Newhouse has been providing safe shelter, healing therapy, and the resources necessary to help domestic violence survivors reach a place of self-sufficiency.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, please join us in welcoming Courtney Thomas to Newhouse.

Newhouse Board Chair