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Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN) announces search for its next CEO

WREN, the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network, based in Columbia, has announced it is launching a search for its next CEO.

After eight years of service to the organization, its first CEO, Ann Warner, will step down and work with the board of directors to help the organization find its next leader.

“The members of the board of directors and I are profoundly grateful to Ann Warner for her steadfast leadership,” said Beth Ruffin, chair of the board of directors. “Ann has guided WREN since its inception with admirable focus and energy and helped us navigate a truly difficult moment for the health and economic and social well-being of South Carolina’s women and gender expansive people. Her accomplishments are many, and her impact will be lasting.”

“While this decision was not easy for me, I know that it is time to pass the torch. WREN has done so much so far, and has an enormous and profoundly important opportunity ahead to shape the future of South Carolina. I am confident that WREN’s best days still lie ahead, and its most important work in service to the people of South Carolina will take place in the years to come,” said Warner.

WREN is a non-partisan, non-profit organization with a mission to advance the health, economic well-being, and rights of South Carolina’s women, girls, gender expansive people, and their families. WREN strives to advance gender justice through changes at the legislative level, educating the public, and engaging the community through grassroots organizing and coalition building. Learn more at

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