Inspire Action for Social Change provides support, leadership, and technical assistance to those working to end violence against women and children. It is our mission to help individuals, organizations, and communities create long-lasting change for those they serve.
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Beth McNamara, Co-Founder
Beth McNamara is a social worker who received her degree from the University of Wisconsin. Hailing from a small town in the Midwest, Ms. McNamara currently resides in the State of Montana. She has been an advocate and activist to end violence against women since 1987. Her experience has covered the span of both sexual assault and domestic violence work. Beth is the co-founder and co-executive director of Inspire Action for Social Change, a non-profit organization working to create social change and end violence against women and children. She provides training and technical assistance on the issues of violence against women and children, supervised visitation and safe exchange, engaging men who use violence, sustainability, measuring program effectiveness, and community organizing. Since 2005 Beth has worked with Praxis International and also works as a consultant for the Family Violence Department for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges as well as for Futures Without Violence. Beth was the director of the Family Service Agency, Family Visitation Center in the Bay Area of California for thirteen years. Over the course of her career in supervised visitation she planned, designed and operated five different supervised visitation centers. She was responsible for program operations, development, sustainability, training, direct service, advocacy, and the supervision and mentoring of staff and volunteers. Beth also worked in the mental health and chemical dependency fields for several years in the early stages of her professional life.
Jennifer Rose, Co- Founder
Jennifer Rose has been working as an advocate and activist to end violence against women and children for the past 20 years. Currently, Jennifer is the residential services director at La Casa de Las Madres in San Francisco, Ca. Prior to working at La Casa, Jennifer was the director of domestic violence services at the Walnut Avenue Women’s Center. In this role she worked to build a program that provided both crisis intervention and long-term advocacy and support for women and their families. She also opened a supervised visitation center that was part of a national demonstration initiative funded through the Office of Violence Against Women.
Jennifer is currently working as a consultant, locally and nationally, to provide training and technical assistance on the issues of violence against women and girls, supervised visitation and safe exchange, engaging men who batter, oppression, community organizing, and LGBTQ issues. Jennifer works as a consultant to Futures without Violence, The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, and The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.
Jennifer received her BA in Anthropology and Women’s Studies from Fort Lewis College and her MSW from San Jose State University.
Both Beth and Jennifer have collaborated, co-authored, and contributed to several publications and resources for those serving victims of violence, many of which can be downloaded on our Resources page.