2024 Leadership Transition

On December 14, 2023, TCJE's Executive Director shared the following message:

Dear community,

Today, I am proud to announce an important transition within our organization: To ensure we are best living our values, TCJE is seeking our next Executive Director.

Leading this organization has been a tremendous honor, and I remain deeply committed to our mission to end mass incarceration in Texas and shift resources to communities. But I believe now is the right time for a new phase of leadership to guide us forward, and I'm excited about the opportunity to see TCJE move deeper into living our mission!

It is crucial that we embrace leaders who reflect the impacted communities we serve and possess a deep understanding of the challenges faced by marginalized individuals. As such, we encourage candidates from communities most harmed and those with lived experience in the criminal punishment system to apply to be our new Executive Director. We have seen firsthand how system-impacted advocates bring deep knowledge, unique perspectives, and insights to this work; those experiences will be invaluable in guiding our strategy, advancing our impact, and ensuring our work remains grounded in the needs of our communities.   

I hope you will visit this page to read our next Executive Director job description and pass it on to anyone who may be interested!  

While this search takes place, I am pleased to share that I have assumed an interim leadership role. This will allow for a smooth transition and ensure the continuity of our work as we find TCJE’s next leader. During this time, I will dedicate myself to supporting our team, maintaining our focus on our mission, and assisting the Board of Directors as they select a new Executive Director.  

I want to thank the TCJE team for their exceptional work—whether at the State Capitol, on the ground in Texas communities, or leading coalitions of people demanding change. Our mission remains as important as ever, and I have no doubt that we will continue to make a profound difference in the lives of Texans.  

I also want to express my heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of you for your unwavering support and for your contributions to TCJE’s success. Together, we have accomplished remarkable things, and I am confident that our shared journey will inspire ongoing, positive change.   

As we embark on this new chapter, I am excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for our organization. Your partnership means the world to us.  

With warmth and gratitude,
Leah Pinney  

Read the full Executive Director job description and submit your application here.