Naomi crouches among the tulips

CWB – USA’s New Executive Director

Clowns Without Borders USA is thrilled to welcome Naomi Shafer into the role of Executive Director!

A Letter from Naomi

Dear CWB Community,

It is an honor to be the Executive Director for Clowns Without Borders. For the past three years, my work with CWB – USA has been a source of inspiration, challenge, and joy. I’m humbled to continue advancing the organization’s mission, inspiring resilience through laughter. I am lucky to have worked with all of CWB – USA’s past Directors. Their continued relationships with the organization is inspiring.

As we plan for the year ahead, on one of the questions we ask is, “how do we offer support in this time of protracted displacement?” Many refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced people will never be permanently resettled. Over 65 million people face the uncertainty and inequity of displacement. Each of those people has the right to play, to dream, to laugh. It’s a privilege to share laughter with these populations and to learn from their resilience.

Naomi and a MSF patient sing together in Haiti
Naomi sings with a young boy recovering under MSF medical care in Haiti, December, 2017

Since accepting the Executive Director position, I have had the privilege of getting to know more of the supporters who make this work possible. In addition to the volunteer artists who you know through their blog posts and tour photos, CWB exists thanks to hundreds of people in less photogenic roles. From the local fixers who help us find bottled water, the web-developers who troubleshoot our technical glitches, the travel agent who finds the best deals, and the lawyers and accountants who donate their services, our behind-the-scenes help is endless, and immensely appreciated. Thank you for your support!

Thank you to everyone who takes the time to send us a comment or question about our work. I can’t wait to get to know you better.



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