Announcing the Retirement of National Alliance for Children’s Grief CEO Vicki Jay

NACG CEO, Vicki Jay

After seven years of steadfast leadership and dedication to the National Alliance for Children’s Grief (NACG) and the broader community of children’s grief support, our CEO, Vicki Jay, is set to begin a well-deserved retirement.

Under Vicki’s visionary leadership, the NACG has experienced remarkable growth, significantly expanding its outreach and resources to better support children grieving and their families. She guided our organization through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, fostering a learning community that developed innovative solutions for providing essential support during this critical time. Her relentless advocacy has driven groundbreaking initiatives, broadening our support for professionals nationwide. Vicki’s efforts have not only increased our membership and educational engagement but also strengthened our financial reserves, ensuring the organization’s long-term stability. Her collaborative approach and passion for building partnerships have been instrumental in realizing our vision that no child grieves alone.

The Executive Board of the NACG shared the following statement, “On behalf of the Board of Directors of the National Alliance for Children’s Grief, we extend our deepest gratitude to Vicki Jay for her exceptional leadership and unwavering dedication over the past seven years. Vicki’s visionary guidance has profoundly advanced our mission, expanded our reach, and fortified our community. Vicki’s impact on children’s grief support will resonate for years to come, and we wish her all the best in her well-deserved retirement.”

As we prepare for this transition, the NACG remains dedicated to its mission, thanks to the solid foundation Vicki has built. The Board is working through the process of selecting the next leader of our organization and the process will be the subject of a future announcement. In the meantime, Vicki has graciously agreed to continue in her role to ensure that our focus on the critical work of the NACG remains during this period of change.

Expressing her gratitude, Vicki shared, “It has been a privilege to serve alongside the dedicated staff, board, members, and national partners of the NACG. I am incredibly proud of what we have accomplished together, and I leave knowing that the future of NACG is bright, with clear focus and commitment on what needs to be done. Thank you for the honor and the opportunity to serve.”

While we will miss Vicki’s presence, leadership, and contributions, we are grateful for the opportunity to have worked alongside her.  As she embarks on this new chapter of her life, we extend our heartfelt congratulations and best wishes for a fulfilling and rewarding retirement.

NACG Board President, Tashel Bordere, PhD shared the following comments on Vicki’s retirement. “Among Vicki Jay’s vast portfolio of leadership skills and accomplishments as Chief Executive Officer, perhaps her greatest strengths and talents offered to our prestigious organization are her versatility, ingenuity, collaborative spirit, and unwavering determination to leave NACG in an even stronger position and National standing than that which she found it. She leads with tremendous courage and tenacity, relentless in the pursuit and successful procurement of organizational funding in a field that is growing in recognition yet all too often under-prioritized and underfunded. Vicki exhibits humility and grace, yet unapologetic and passionate in her advocacy and work to bring greater attention to child bereavement on national and international fronts and to increase professional development opportunities for NACG members, our phenomenal staff, and programs and organizations, large and small, serving children and families navigating loss. Through her extensive time in the field of child bereavement, Vicki brings creative-problem skills that are unmatched. We are eternally grateful for the diverse talents Vicki has shared with NACG across her seven-year tenure as CEO. She will truly be missed from this role. We wish her the absolute best in the next chapter of her life, which undoubtedly will include child bereavement. Vicki’s influence is forever embedded in the fiber of this organization. Her contributions will benefit organizations, communities, and families for years to come who may never know her influence.”

Please join us in congratulating Vicki on a job so well done. If you have any questions or require further information, email