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Robert Crocker, MPA, has been named the chief executive officer of Wynona’s House, the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) of Essex County. 

With over 20 years of diverse experience in the nonprofit sector and a decade with Wynona’s House as its chief operating officer, Crocker’s appointment comes with the full support of the nonprofit’s selection committee and its Board of Trustees.  

“Robert’s diligence, hard work, and leadership capabilities are commendable. He sets high standards for himself and his team,” said Gale Britton, president & board chair, in a statement announcing Crocker’s appointment on Thursday. 

“With his promotion, Robert brings a wealth of knowledge about our organization, team, and partners,” Britton said.” This deep understanding ensures a seamless transition, with no interruption to the support our families rely on or our mission. We can all look forward to a continuation of the excellent service Wynona’s House provides.”  

The CAC, located in Newark, promotes hope, healing, and justice for the child victims of abuse and neglect throughout Essex County by coordinating investigation, prosecution, treatment, prevention, and supportive services utilizing a “child-centered” multidisciplinary team approach. 

Crocker is known as a results-driven leader, helping organizations and individuals think differently about program development, capacity building, resource development, and crafting long-term organizational sustainability for community impact. As COO he led the organization through critical transitions, including the challenges of the pandemic, the expansion of the nonprofit’s grant portfolio, and major capital projects. 

“I am honored to take on the role of CEO at Wynona’s House,” Crocker said. “Since joining the organization in 2014, I have dedicated myself to supporting its mission of promoting hope, healing, and justice for child victims of abuse and neglect.  

“I look forward to building upon a strong foundation and working with such an excellent team to achieve our vision of a community where children are safe, families are strong, and victims become children again,” Crocker said. 

Before coming to Wynona’s House, Crocker worked 10 years in the South Bronx with Catholic Charities Community Services, where he helped the community build an innovative materials exchange program and spearheaded successful social ventures that benefited the community through $24 million worth of donated and repurposed goods. 

About Wynona’s House Child Advocacy Center  

Wynona’s House is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization named in honor of its legislative champion, the late Senator Wynona Lipman. The center promotes hope, healing, and justice for child victims of abuse and neglect in Essex County through a coordinated, multidisciplinary team approach. Located in Newark, Wynona’s House is the first fully co-located Child Advocacy Center in New Jersey, serving over 950 cases of child abuse and neglect in a typical year.