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Ciji Wagner

2023 Fellow

VV Visionaries

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United States

Focus Areas

Gender Equality & Women's Rights
Mentoring & Leadership
Peace Building & Security

Ciji Wagner is the founder of Louder Than Silence (LTS), a nonprofit that gives long-term care for survivors of sexual violence by providing the community and resources needed to experience hope and healing. Through EMDR (trauma) therapy, workshops, retreats, mentorships, self-care kits, and community support, all offered at no cost to participants, LTS helps empower survivors to rebuild themselves and their lives.

Wagner earned a degree from the Culinary Institute of America and worked a number of jobs in the restaurant industry before entering the nonprofit sector as an executive chef. Since that pivot, Wagner has utilized her expertise learned from managing for-profit businesses to benefit several nonprofits in a variety of volunteer and consulting roles, as well as launching LTS.

“As a visionary leader, I believe in creating a world where all survivors of sexual violence have access to the comprehensive resources they need to truly thrive.”