YWCA LEADERS—From left: YWCA Board of Directors member Cheryl Kubelick; National YWCA CEO Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron; YWCA Greater Pittsburgh CEO Magdeline E. Jensen; and YWCA Board of Directors member Shida Velez Martinez. (Photo by J.L. Martello)

The leader of one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the nation visited Pittsburgh earlier this month. YWCA USA CEO Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron, was in town April 3 to see YWCA Greater Pittsburgh programs first-hand, meet key stakeholders and tour local YWCA facilities.

“We are excited to welcome the leader of the YWCA USA to our community,” said Magdeline E. Jensen, CEO, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh.  “It’s an honor that Dr. Richardson-Heron is taking the time to observe and recognize the important work we are doing in Pittsburgh on behalf of women, girls and families.”

Richardson-Heron’s visit to YWCA Greater Pittsburgh was ahead of a reunion here of former board members of the YWCA USA. After a brief stop at the downtown YWCA headquarters, located on Wood Street, Richardson-Heron headed over to the YWCA Homewood-Brushton Community Center, located on Frankstown Avenue, for a private reception in her honor.

Richardson-Heron joined the YWCA USA in December 2012 with more than 20 years of leadership and management experience in the healthcare, corporate and nonprofit sectors. Richardson-Heron oversees the overall operations of the national organization, leads the national advocacy, communications, finance and development teams and field directors from around the country. With her teams, she works to develop and implement innovative and value added supports for the 229 YWCA local associations throughout the country that offer community-based services in over 1,300 locations.

Richardson-Heron has been honored with numerous awards, including the YWCA Academy of Women Achievers, Woman of Excellence in Philanthropy and the “25 Influential Black Women in Business” awards. In May 2013, she was named one of the “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” by Women’s eNews and in August 2013, she was listed on The Nonprofit Times “Power & Influence Top 50” list.

Richardson-Heron received a doctorate in medicine from New York University School of Medicine and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology at Barnard College of Columbia University. She also completed a Human Resources Executive Program at the University of Michigan.

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