Jason Cianciotto, who joined the Tyler Clementi Foundation (TCF) in September 2017 as Executive Director, has announced that his tenure will be completed at the end of 2018. This follows Jane Clementi’s October announcement about expanding her role to become TCF’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Cianciotto has been helping to facilitate this transition.
“Like so many across the country, I was deeply affected by Tyler Clementi’s death in 2010 after he was cyberbullied because of his sexual orientation. It has been an honor to work with Jane and Joe, the Board, staff, and volunteers to help create a culture of kindness through bullying prevention,” said Cianciotto. “With Jane as CEO, I know the foundation will create even more tangible social change to help prevent other families from facing such tragic loss, a loss made even more profound to me since I recently became a father.”
The following are some key achievements during Cianciotto’s tenure:
- 110% increase in revenue in FY17 vs. FY16, with FY18 revenue on track to reach $1M.
- Program growth and expansion includes creation of the Million Upstander Movement, #Day1 Toolkits for sports teams and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Youth Ambassadors program, first full-time presence in Washington, DC to advocate for the Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act, and new, full-time Program Manager.
- Merger with Faith in America and creation of True Faith Doesn’t Bully program to prevent religious-based bullying.
- Creation and release, in collaboration with AT&T and NoBully, of Developing Safe and Successful Mobile Device and Online Media Habits: A Survey of New York City Area Families and Recommendations for Parents, Caregivers, Communities and Companies. Successful investment in proactive mainstream and digital media outreach and analysis with industry experts, which has significantly increased TCF’s public education and advocacy to prevent bullying.
“On behalf of the Board and staff, I would like to thank Jason for his service and deeply personal commitment to our mission,” said Jane Clementi, Co-founder and CEO. “His support and leadership helped significantly grow the foundation and facilitate my transition to CEO.”
The Tyler Clementi Foundation’s mission is to end online and offline bullying in schools, workplaces and faith communities. Founded in 2011 by the Clementi family in memory of Tyler – a son, brother and friend – the foundation’s flagship bullying-prevention and education program is #Day1. Other programs include the Upstander Pledge, Upstander Speaker Series, Tyler’s Suite, Workplace Training and True Faith Doesn’t Bully, a public education campaign that fights religious bullying. The Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act, re-introduced in Congress in 2016, would require colleges and universities receiving federal funding to prohibit harassment based on actual or perceived race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion.