Calmer Choice, a thought leader in secular mindfulness and social emotional health and wellbeing in schools and communities, has named Emily Smalley as its next Chief Executive Officer.
Smalley will succeed Fiona Jensen, founder and current Chief Executive Officer of Calmer Choice, who will retire on Dec. 31, 2021 after more than a decade at the helm of the nonprofit.
“Calmer Choice has been successful beyond my wildest dreams, evolving from a grassroots effort from concerned parents and community members to operating in over 30 schools and a variety of community-based organizations on Cape Cod,” said Jensen. “I am immensely proud of what we as a team have accomplished and the lives we have touched during the past 11 years. Under Emily’s leadership, I am confident the organization will continue to thrive and deliver new and innovative mindfulness programs to children and adults across Cape Cod and beyond.”
Smalley, who joined Calmer Choice in 2017, previously served as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer.
“I am honored to have been chosen to lead Calmer Choice into its next decade of service, which I am confident will be magical and transformative for the Cape Cod community and beyond,” said Smalley. “I wish Fiona Jensen a long, healthy and well-deserved retirement and will strive to honor her legacy as we guide Calmer Choice to its next era of growth and accomplishment.”
Smalley holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and a B.A. in English from the University of Maryland, College Park. She has also earned certificates in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Tufts University and Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.