She succeeds Nanci Kreidman, the Hawaii center’s founder and longtime leader.

Monique Ibarra is the new chief executive officer of the Domestic Violence Action Center, a Hawaii nonprofit that works to improve the lives of island families, children and marginalized communities .

She holds a master’s in social work from the University of Hawaii Manoa and has served as executive director of Maui’s Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Centers for the past seven years.

Ibarra, who starts in September, replaces Nanci Kreidman, the center’s co-founder and current CEO, who plans to retire Friday following 33 years at the helm of the organization.

“It is a privilege to assume leadership following Nanci’s (Kreidman) exceptional legacy and continue the work towards growth, protecting Hawaii residents and creating new opportunities for addressing domestic violence,” Ibarra said in a press release Thursday.

Vera Wright, DVAC board president, will act as interim CEO.

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