Sojourner Center's Executive Director steps down after 18 years

Phoenix, AZ—Connie Phillips announced she will step down after more than 18 years as the Executive Director at Sojourner Center. Phillips’ announcement marks a long and distinguished career at one of Arizona’s largest domestic violence shelters. She began her work at Sojourner Center first as an intern in 1981 and then returned to serve as Executive Director in 1994.

Under Phillips’ leadership, Sojourner Center expanded its scope of services and residential facilities to become a leader among domestic violence shelters. Her most notable accomplishments include opening two emergency shelter campuses and a transitional apartment complex. In 2008, AZ Business Magazine named Sojourner Center as the Organization of the Year – Large Nonprofit. And in 2009, the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce recognized Phillips as their Athena Business Woman of the Year – Public Sector Award.

“Connie Phillips has had an unwavering commitment to the victims of domestic violence, this organization, and the mission we serve,” said David Ramirez, President of Sojourner Center’s Board of Directors. “The scope of Connie’s success in raising public awareness, driving innovation, and pursuing countless accomplishments can never fully be appreciated. Sojourner Center has an extremely strong foundation that has been built over many years of collaboration, the Board and I are excited about continuing this partnership and the work of our mission.”

Phillips has agreed to remain on through February 2013 and will assist the Board of Directors during the transition to new leadership. “It has truly been my honor to work in partnership with the community over these years. Together we accomplished many wonderful things,” said Phillips.  “Over 55,000 women and children have experienced safety, empowerment, and transformation since I began in 1994. This was achieved because people from every sector of life worked together to try to solve one of our community’s most pressing needs.”

Sojourner Center was founded in 1977 and has offered shelter and comprehensive services to thousands of women and children fleeing domestic violence. The mission of the organization is to overcome the impact of domestic violence, one life at a time. For more information, please call (602) 244-0997 or visit