Jennifer Adams, CEO, Lumina Alliance 

Janet Meyers introduced our speaker, Jennifer Adams explaining that she has spent the past 25 years working in the gender-based violence field. She began in 1995, when she volun-teered on the crisis line for the Women's Shelter Program (now Stand Strong). She went on to work at the local rape crisis center, training volunteers. 

From there, she became a Victim/Witness advocate, supporting victims through the criminal justice process. She became an Executive Director in 2004 with the S.A.R.P. Center, before leading the North County Women’s Shelter in 2009. In 2013, she oversaw the merger be-tween those two agencies, thus creating RISE. As a survivor herself, she is committed to em-powering and supporting survivors. 

She is a change agent with a reputation for building bridges and bringing together diverse constituencies in order to create client-centered, trauma-informed and inclusive services. Jenny has spearheaded many innovative pro-grams and is considered a visionary leader, as well as an expert in her field. She has been recognized for her efforts by the California State Legislature, the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office and Cuesta Col-lege. She received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Cal Poly, SLO

Jenny is thrilled to lead the merger between RISE and Stand Strong. “It is an honor to work with such a committed and passionate team,” she says. “I look forward to supporting the staff and board of directors as we forge this new agency to empower survivors of sexual & intimate partner violence throughout SLO County.” Jenny loves liv-ing on the Central Coast, where she enjoys time with her family and friends, hiking, wine tasting and dancing. 

On behalf of the Community Service Committee, Sue Robinson thanked Jenny for her presentation (which is attached to this email). Sue explained that the committee decided to apply for a District Grant due to the in-crease in domestic violence brought on by the loss of jobs, kids having to resort to online learning and other stresses due to COVID. The committee approved a donation of $750 which was matched by the District grant resulting in the presentation today of a check for $1500!