YWCA Columbus Mission and History

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About YWCA Columbus

YWCA Columbus is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

We defy the status quo that puts women, people of color, and the marginalized on unequal footing. By fostering dialogue, providing practical resources, and educating our community, we promote empowerment and inclusion.

 

Our Mission in Action

SOCIAL JUSTICE

We are dedicated to confronting uncomfortable truths about prejudice and poverty—because the only way to rise above our challenges is to go through them.

HOUSING

We are committed to creating a community of safety, support, and stability through emergency shelter and long-term supportive housing.

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

We are committed to youth development and early childhood education so that with each new generation, we’re all braver, wiser, and kinder.

 

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Our Senior Leadership Team

Elizabeth Brown

President & CEO

Elizabeth became president and CEO of YWCA Columbus in January 2023. Previously, she served on Columbus City Council for over seven years and has prior experience in economic development, nonprofit service, and state government.

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Judy Peterson

Chief Finance & Operations Officer

Judy has over 20 years’ experience as an administrative leader, holding positions in higher education and non-profit management. A CPA/MBA with operational skills in the areas of accounting, human resources, technology, and facilities management.

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Regina Clemons

Chief Program Officer

With 25 years of experience in nonprofit and social work, Regina is a servant leader with core competencies in strategic planning, DE&I, and nonprofit management. She's held positions in grant management, direct service, and senior leadership.

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YWCA Columbus History

Since 1886, we’ve had a strong history of making incredible strides in eliminating racism and empowering women in our community.

 


Land Acknowledgment

We acknowledge the traditional and ancestral territory of the Shawnee, Kaskaskia (kas-kas-kee-uh), Hopewell & Myaamia (My-am-ee) people, the people whose land we are living, learning, and working on today.