NASHVILLE, TN — Safe Haven Family Shelter has announced the appointment of Nashville Vice Mayor and Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability (TCAD) Executive Director Jim Shulman as their new CEO, effective on June 14, 2021. Shulman assumes the role of longtime CEO Joyce Lavery after she announced her retirement last fall.
Upon the appointment, Shulman expressed his gratitude and explained the importance of the organization's mission, saying, "Safe Haven has led the way home for so many families, and being a part of the organization over the years has felt like ‘home’ for me as well.
"Its mission of keeping families experiencing homelessness together and providing housing with services that help parents and children to be successful is critical, especially as Nashville continues to grow. I am excited and fortunate to lead this incredible organization and look forward to being a part of the integral role that Safe Haven plays in our city."
Safe Haven board president Ken Williamson said that Shulman was selected due to his support for Safe Haven for many years and his proven experience as a leader. He added that the selection process took more than six months in partnership with the Center for Nonprofit Management and also considered hundreds of candidates from all over the country.
Previously, Safe Haven under Lavery's leadership increased the number of families served annually by 300 percent and grew their staff from five to 30.
Being a longtime champion of Safe Haven, Shulman has served as the board president of the organization for three years (2008 to 2010). He also has been a member of the organization's Advisory Board for five years (2016 to 2020). The recipient of the Safe Haven Hero Award also played an integral role in the agency’s last capital campaign.