Farewell to Executive Director Rob Rutland-Brown

From Rob Rutland-Brown, Executive Director

After seven amazing years, I have made the difficult decision to leave Just Neighbors at the end of January.

I will continue the important work of providing immigration legal services, compassion, and justice to immigrants in my new role as executive director of National Justice for Our Neighbors, a nationwide network of immigration legal clinics affiliated with the United Methodist Church.

This has been a difficult decision for me because of my profound love for Just Neighbors.  However, I leave with the solace that Just Neighbors has an excellent staff, board, and set of volunteers who will continue to advance the organization.

Thank you all for being a part of Just Neighbors and making it such a fulfilling place to serve.


Rob Rutland-Brown


From Anne Ledyard, Chair, Board of Directors

All of us at Just Neighbors– staff, volunteers, board of directors, and clients– are deeply grateful for the seven years of leadership provided by Rob Rutland-Brown, our executive director.  We will miss Rob as he leaves to lead National Justice for Our Neighbors, which is lucky to have him.

Just Neighbors has grown so much in so many ways during Rob’s tenure.  We have new and expanded offices in the Bailey’s Crossroads area, growing and diverse sources of funding, a superb pool of volunteers who support our staff attorneys and clients, and, thankfully, a stable financial picture during these tough economic times.  This is just a snapshot of the growth of Just Neighbors during the past seven years.

Although we are personally sad to see Rob leave, we are supportive of his decision and wish him all the best as he takes on new challenges.  We are thankful that he will be with us for two and half more months.  Meanwhile, board members have initiated the important work of seeking his replacement.

Just Neighbors’ good work continues and we will welcome your encouragement, volunteerism, and financial support as we enter 2013 and seek a new executive director.


Anne Ledyard

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