House of Ruth Names New Executive Director

Winifred Y. Wilson has been named Executive Director of House of Ruth, succeeding Christel Nichols, who has retired after 19 years at the helm.

Ms. Wilson is a seasoned executive with more than 20 years of leadership in the management and administration of human service organizations.  She came up through the ranks; serving as a counselor, case manager, program developer and trainer before moving into management and executive leadership.  She has an extensive policy, program, finance and advocacy background in services to vulnerable women, children and families in the nonprofit as well as the public sectors and a wide range of accomplishments leading to positive practice, regulatory and funding outcomes.

“House of Ruth is delighted to welcome Winifred Wilson as our new Executive Director,” said Laura Stone, Chair of the Board of Directors.  “She brings a wealth of experience in leadership of child and family services programs and a strong commitment to our mission of serving women and children in greatest need in Washington, DC.”          

Ms. Wilson was the Director of Montgomery County’s State funded Social Service Programs for 10 years.  She went on to become the State Deputy for Programs with the Department of Human Resources, which is the mandated agency in Maryland for child welfare, adult services, child support and temporary cash assistance and other income supports. 
Previously, she was the Executive Director of the Commission for Children, Youth and Families in Prince Georges County, and more recently was with the District of Columbia’s Child and Family Services Agency as the Deputy Director in charge of the Office of Community Services.  Ms. Wilson was also the Regional Director for Training and Organizational Development for Juvenile Services in New York, a case manager for families with a history of abuse with the private, nonprofit Children’s Aid Society and a counselor in residential services for young women.
House of Ruth provides service-enriched housing, counseling and developmental child care to more than 1,000 women and children annually in the District of Columbia who are survivors of domestic violence and homelessness.     

“At this time of transition,” said Ms. Stone, “the Board and staff salute Christel Nichols, who has ably led House of Ruth since 1993.  She has inspired all of us fortunate enough to work with her, and she will be missed.”