The Millhill Child and Family Development Board of Trustees has appointed Jigna Rao as chief Executive Officer. She succeeds former Executive Director Cynthia Oberkofler, who previously announced her retirement. Rao has served as Millhill’s Director of Operations since 2021.
Rao will lead Millhill with strategic direction to ensure the organization’s long and short-term goals and manage the delivery of high-quality programs and services aligned with Millhill’s mission to empower children and families. A focus of her leadership will be on cultivating relationships and continuing to build meaningful community partnerships that will extend Millhill’s ability to meet clients’ diverse needs.
“The trust and confidence placed in me to be effective is an honor. I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to serve Millhill in my new role and continue to build upon our legacy of educating children, empowering youth, and supporting families,” said Rao. “I look forward to working with the Board of Trustees guided by our organization’s core values and vision of building a thriving community where everyone can access limitless possibilities. Together, we will continue to create a lasting positive change.”
Before joining Millhill, Rao headed the Center for Continuing Education at Mercer County Community College and served as the Director of Drumthwacket, the New Jersey Governor’s Official Residenceduring the Corzine administration. She led operational management and special initiatives to deepen community relationships. Jigna has received multiple recognitions for her community and professional involvement, as well as for her advocacy work supporting minority health equity. Rao receives the Charles DeGraw Award for Tuberculosis Advocacy from the National TB Controllers Association, the Women of Achievement Award from the Women in Business Alliance, Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber, and the Tribute to Women Award from the Princeton YWCA.
“Jigna is a force of nature, relentless in her commitment to advocate for those facing barriers,” said Millhill Corporate Board Chair Susan Mullin. “Jigna has consistently demonstrated her passion for fulfilling Millhill’s mission. We are confident in her abilities and pleased that she will have the opportunity to build on her dedication. We look forward to collaborating with her in her new role.”
Rao holds a master’s degree in public administration from Rutgers University- Camden and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from TCNJ with a minor in public health.
About Millhill Child & Family Development
Millhill Child & Family Development was established in 1971 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving abused and neglected children in Trenton, NJ. The services and programs we provide today have been developed over time and with a great understanding of what the community needs. We began primarily as a childcare center and flourished and expanded by communicating with parents and the community. Visit millhillcenter.org to learn more.
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