LIVINGSTON, NJ, June 5, 2019 The Board of Trustees of the National Council of Jewish Women, Essex Country Section (NCJW/Essex) is pleased to announce the appointment of Caitlin Higgins Joy as Executive Director, following the retirement of Cathy Silverman.

Higgins Joy’s most recent position was as President and CEO of RCS in Clearwater, Florida. RCS is a secular non-profit organization whose mission is to feed the hungry, help families facing homelessness return to self-sufficiency, and empower survivors of domestic violence.

At RCS, Higgins Joy utilized extensive non-profit management skills working with a complex board of directors, staff, volunteers, community partners, grantors, and service recipients. She developed strategic plans, oversaw aggressive and successful capital and fund development campaigns, provided strategic communications and was involved in extensive community engagement and outreach.

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Higgins Joy received a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College and a Masters of Public Administration, Nonprofit Management Emphasis from University of Alaska, Anchorage.

“What I love most about NCJW/Essex is its longevity, passionate members and commitment to empowering women, children and families,” commented Higgins Joy. “It’s more than a faith in the future, it’s a belief that we can and will take action to build a better future for everyone.”


About National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County Section

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.  With more than 3,200 members, Essex County Section is the largest of the more than 100 NCJW Sections around the country. The Section was founded in 1912 and maintains offices in Livingston, N.J. For more information, log on to