PHOENIX — Sojourner Center CEO Dr. María E. Garay-Serratos has been appointed by Governor Doug Ducey to the Governor’s Commission to Prevent Violence Against Women. A leader in the field, Dr. Garay-Serratos has dedicated her career to addressing domestic violence as a public health epidemic.
The Governor’s Commission to Prevent Violence Against Women is tasked with developing legislative and policy recommendations with regard to preventing violence against women, as well as expanding on successful prevention initiatives and coordinating and expanding services for victims of domestic and sexual violence.
Dr. Garay-Serratos joins 21 other commissioners from across the state, each appointed by the governor. “I’m honored to work alongside such distinguished experts, advocates and professionals,” Garay-Serratos said; “It’s a wonderful opportunity to serve my fellow citizens and support the advancement of policies and programs that prevent violence against women.”
Dr. Garay-Serratos has served as the CEO of Phoenix-based Sojourner Center, one of the nation’s largest and longest running domestic violence shelters, since 2014. Dr. Garay-Serratos is also the director of the Sojourner Center Institute. Prior to joining Sojourner Center, she served as a senior advisor to the Good Shepard Shelter in Los Angeles, a domestic violence shelter. Throughout her career, Dr. Garay-Serratos has been an outspoken and tireless advocate for understanding the roots of domestic violence and for pursuing innovative methods to prevent it.