Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D. Steps Down as CEO of YWCA USA

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Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D. Steps Down as CEO of YWCA USA



Cindy Hoffman, YWCA USA

Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D. Steps Down as CEO of YWCA USA

January 25, 2017 (Washington, D.C.) – YWCA USA announced today that its current CEO – Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D. – will step down from the position effective February 10, 2017.

“Dara is an accomplished leader who, together with the YWCA Executive Leadership team and Board of Directors, contributed greatly to the national movement to eliminate racism and empower women,” said Paula Green Johnson, chair, YWCA USA Board of Directors.

The YWCA USA Board of Directors will name an interim CEO in the next two weeks and will launch an executive search for a new CEO shortly thereafter.

Richardson-Heron, M.D., served as YWCA USA CEO for more than four years. Under her leadership, the organization optimized its governance and overall organizational structure; enhanced the relationship, trust and alignment between local and national operations; cultivated new local and national development and fundraising efforts; and sharpened the focus of and significantly elevated the organization’s advocacy work.

“It is my fervent hope that long after my tenure as YWCA USA CEO ends, the YWCA USA National Team, YWCA USA Board and YWCA Local Association Leaders will continue on the great path we began in September 2012,” said Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D., CEO, YWCA USA. “Together, we’ve worked as a unified, mutually supportive organization to advocate for the individual, institutional and systemic changes pivotal to the actualization of equity for the millions of women, girls and families who are counting on YWCAs across the nation to make their world a better place.”

YWCA USA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The organization is one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the nation, serving over 2 million women, girls, and their families each year. Learn more: www.ywca.org.