Meet Our President

Daniel W. Rezende, LCSW

Mr. Rezende is Executive Director of the Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR), a Litchfield-based, nonprofit youth services organization providing residential, education, behavioral health and a broad base of other community-based services across the state.

Prior to his appointment as Executive Director in 2012, Mr. Rezende served as CJR’s Director of Programs, with many years of experience in residential services, where he started his career. Mr. Rezende was later responsible for the redevelopment and management of residential and community-based programs across the state, as well as the development of more intensive behavioral health services. Under his direction, the organization has achieved a comprehensive continuum of care that includes prevention, early intervention, and more intensive services ranging from home-based, family-focused therapy to short and long term residential services for boys and girls.

During Mr. Rezende’s tenure as Executive Director, the number of children, youth and families served by the Junior Republic in 13 locations across Connecticut has nearly doubled. The Connecticut Junior Republic is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) and its Cable Academic and Vocational Education Center is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The organization has an operating budget of more than $18 million and employs nearly 300 staff members, with approximately 2,000 boys, girls and families served annually.

Mr. Rezende currently serves as President of the Children’s League of Connecticut (CLOC) and is a member of the Steering Committee of the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance.

Mr. Rezende earned his bachelor’s degree in Applied Social Relations from Eastern Connecticut State University and a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Connecticut. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), he resides in West Hartford with his wife and daughter.

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