YWCA Richmond is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Our Vision

We transform lives by creating access to opportunities, strengthening resilience, and advancing equitable systems for lifelong success.

Our Values

Our values are the fundamental beliefs by which we operate every day. They are the key to building a healthy culture where everyone feels trusted, safe, and supported. They are the essential principles that guide our behavior, our decisions and our interactions.

  • RESPECT is the ability to see and celebrate the value in ourselves and others and to treat others the way you wish to be treated.
  • COMMITMENT is a promise to fully dedicate ourselves to our mission and to support the success of our programs and each other.
  • INTEGRITY is to behave in an honest, moral and ethical manner in performing our duties to the best of our ability.
  • COLLABORATION is working together and sharing responsibility with others to exchange knowledge, talent and resources to achieve common goals.

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Our History

In 1887, YWCA Richmond was conceived by a group of eight women concerned about housing, safety and stability for female workers coming into the city seeking employment. The oldest YWCA in the South,  YWCA Richmond has been leading efforts to empower women and children for the last 134 years, adding new programs and services to meet the changing needs of the Greater Richmond community.

YWCA history our story timeline

Our Leadership

  • Iva Brown, Case Management Lead
  • Monshaye Burrell, Site Supervisor, Sprout School at Children’s Museum of Richmond
  • Kristen Evans, Director of Human Resources
  • Keshia Fleming, Site Supervisor, Sprout School at Bainbridge
  • Nadia Gooray, Director of Equity and External Affairs
  • Makita Harper-Byrd, Program Manager, Domestic Violence Crisis Shelter
  • Mica Morgan, Director of EmpowerNet
  • Robin Sawyer, Prevention Program Manager
  • Rachel Yazdgerdi, Crisis Response Services Manager

Board of Directors

  • Jill Kennedy, President
    Bon Secours Virginia Medical Group
  • Genevieve Roberts, Immediate Past President
    Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
  • Judy Pahren, Vice President
    Capital One
  • Lauren Warner Morano, Treasurer
    RT Specialty
  • Rudene M. Haynes, Secretary
    Hunton Andrews Kurth, LLP
  • Stacy Hawkins Adams
    The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
  • Faith Alejandro
    Sands Anderson, P.C.
  • Michele Allen
    Altria Distribution Company
  • Nathalia Artus
    Atlantic Union Bank
  • Andrea Broughton
    SBK Financial
  • Elvira Cashel
    kaleo, Inc.
  • Eva Colen
    City of Richmond, Office of the Mayor

  • Eileen Dahlstedt
    Community Volunteer
  • Sue Davies
  • Regina “Gina” Elbert
    Dominion Energy
  • Robin Foster
    Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU Health
  • Noopur N. Garg
    Dominion Energy
  • Vanessa C. Hampton
  • Pamela Hart
    Hunton Andrews Kurth, LLP
  • Naureen Hyder
    Hyder Immigration Law
  • Camille Leak
  • Megan Overton
    Capital One
  • Elizabeth Rawls
    Bank of America
  • Anna W. Reed
  • Terry Reynold

Annual Impact Report

Our 2020-2021 annual impact report reflects on how we have all elevated the definition of resilience in ways more profound than we could ever have imagined.

2020 - 2021 IMPACT REPORT

Financial Statements
and Strategic Plan

Download YWCA Richmond’s 2021 Audit

Download YWCA Richmond’s 990 for FY 2018-2019

Download YWCA Richmond’s 2025 Strategic Plan