Jessica’s career has focused on program development and stabilization and she has distinguished herself through creative change management and strategic programmatic enhancement.

Currently serving as Executive Director of RESPOND, New England’s first domestic violence agency, she oversees all aspects of programs and management to ensure efficiency, fiscal and service accountability, and the organization’s creative and innovative growth.

Prior to RESPOND, she served as the Director of Programs and Operations for Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries, Inc. in Salem, Massachusetts. Additionally, she has held leadership positions at Family Continuity Program in Lawrence, Massachusetts, including Director of Administrative Operations, Director of Human Resources, and Program Director. Ms. Brayden holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Salem State College and a Masters of Business Administration from Endicott College.

Through Jessica’s efforts and dedication to these organizations in Somerville, many residents have been shielded against domestic violence and were provided with a better quality of life.

RESPOND’s Mission

RESPOND, Inc. partners with individuals, families and communities to end the serious public health issue of domestic violence. RESPOND strives to achieve its mission through prevention, intervention, advocacy and direct services that promote safe, healthy relationships.

RESPOND’s History

RESPOND, Inc., a pioneer in the movement to end domestic violence, is New England’s first domestic violence agency and the second oldest in the nation. Its work began in the early 1970s, when four Somerville, Massachusetts women started a grassroots effort to support victims of domestic violence by opening their own homes as safe havens for women fleeing abuse. In 1974, these “founding mothers” formed RESPOND, Inc. For over 37 years RESPOND has provided life-saving shelter, support services, training and education to more than 100,000 members of the community.

We here at the Somerville News Weekly salute you for everything that you do to make Somerville a better place.


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