pictured Rene Petties-Jones
After a nationwide search, The National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York, Inc. (NFJCWNY) one of the region’s oldest human rights organizations announced the appointment of Rene Petties-Jones as President.
The appointment, which was made in late October, followed the retirement of longtime President Lana Benatovich, who had served as President of the organization for 29-years.
Petties-Jones has been with the NFJCWNY for 14-years serving in roles as the Director of Community Engagement and Special Events/Fund Development Coordinator.
“Rene is the right leader at the right time for the NFJCWNY as our community focuses on social justice issues” said Bernie Tolbert NFJC WNY Board Chair. “We are confident with her depth of knowledge of Western New York, community connections, compassion for others, and commitment to justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion, Rene will be the perfect person to lead us as we face the range of equity issues that confront our region and nation in these difficult times.”
Petties-Jones received her dual B.A. in Psychology and Human Services from the University at Buffalo and is a graduate of Buffalo City Honors School. She has received numerous recognitions and awards including the Business First Women of Influence award and serves on several local and regional boards of directors.
“I’m honored to be given the awesome responsibility of leading this important organization.” said Rene Petties-Jones. “Assuming the mantle from Lana is an honor that I take very seriously. I plan to build upon the foundation she’s built and continue to make the NFJC the go-to organization who’s at the forefront of building bridges, closing divides, and facilitating difficult, but respectful conversations. We want our region to be a more just community for all.”