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YWCA of the City of New York announces the appointment of new Chief Executive Officer, Maureen Friar

[For Immediate Release]
August 9, 2019

New York, NYThe Board of Directors of the YWCA of the City of New York (YW-NYC) is pleased to announce it has chosen Maureen Friar as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective August 1, 2019. Maureen will bring new energy to the organization as it continues to champion racial justice and women’s empowerment through its many programs and services. She succeeds interim CEO Rosemarie Bonelli.

“This is an exciting time for the YW-NYC—an organization committed to creating educational and economic opportunities for girls, women and families in New York City,” said Mary Crawford, YW-NYC board co-chair. “Maureen brings with her a great deal of experience leading community-based organizations.” Board co-chair Tracy Richelle High added, “We greatly appreciate Maureen’s passion, creativity, and expertise as she joins us in our mission to Eliminate Racism and Empower Women.”

For almost 30 years, Maureen has led nonprofit organizations and coalitions that focus on women’s empowerment, homelessness, affordable housing, community development and disability rights. She previously served as Executive Director of the Huairou Commission, a global network of grassroots women’s organizations; Strategic Development Officer at Community Access; President and CEO of the National Housing Conference; and Executive Director of the Supportive Housing Network of New York.

“I am delighted to join the YW at this juncture as its commitment to racial justice and women’s empowerment is more important than ever.  I look forward to building upon the YW’s long history of promoting social change and opportunity for girls and women, and working with our talented YW team and many partners in the city.”

Friar earned her BA from Brown University, a Master of Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley, and was a Charles E. Revson Fellow on the Future of the City of New York at Columbia University.

About the YWCA of the City of New York

The YWCA of the City of New York (YW-NYC) is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Established in 1858, the YW-NYC is one of the nation’s oldest nonprofit organizations committed to the personal, physical, and social development of women, their families and their communities.

In honor of this history, and in service of our mission, the YW-NYC currently provides leadership and advocacy training for young women through our Girls Initiatives and Out-of-School Time (OST) programs for elementary and middle school students in culturally diverse communities in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Learn more: http://www.ywcanyc.org/


Aisha Laspina
Senior Manager of Communications
YWCA of the City of New York