HAWC’s Deputy Director Sara Stanley, Esq., has been named as the domestic violence agency’s new executive director. Paula Herrington, who had been serving as the agency’s director since 2016, and who served in this role on an interim basis in 2013, is retiring.
“We are beyond grateful to Paula for providing her many years of nonprofit management experience to HAWC over the last several years, and we are excited for her as she starts her new chapter,” said Meredith Flanagan, president of HAWC’s Board of Directors. “We feel confident that Sara will be a great successor to Paula. Sara has been a fierce champion for HAWC’s programs and survivors and is a natural fit to lead the agency forward.”
Stanley first became involved with HAWC in 2014 as a hotline volunteer. She formally joined the HAWC staff in June 2015 as Attorney Director of Legal Services and grew that component of HAWC’s programming exponentially. During her tenure overseeing the legal program, HAWC obtained SAFEPLAN funding from the Massachusetts Office of Victim’s Assistance (MOVA) to add two paid advocates in local courts and grew our Legal Clinic program, in which pro bono attorneys offer clients free legal advice. Last summer, Stanley was promoted Deputy Director of HAWC with the intention of further growing her leadership skills and solidifying her effort to build more community partnerships.
“I am deeply humbled by the opportunity to lead this important organization,” Stanley said. “I am grateful to have the benefit of learning from a talented and experienced leader like Paula. During her tenure, Paula has developed a dedicated and ambitious senior leadership team. I am excited about what we can accomplish together with the North Shore community in HAWC’s next chapter.”
Herrington and Stanley are confident that it will be a smooth transition as they have been working closely together for the past year. Herrington will remain at HAWC as a consultant through the remainder of the summer.
“Serving as Executive Director of HAWC has been one of the most gratifying experiences in my career,” said Herrington. “I enter into retirement with the comforting knowledge that HAWC is being left in highly capable hands.”
Stanley earned her undergraduate degree from Haverford College in 2002 and juris doctorate from Suffolk University in 2007. She has been a strong advocate for survivors in a variety of capacities in the domestic violence field for more than ten years. She and her family live on the North Shore.