Meet Our Interim President & CEO

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“You can’t dream if you are in crisis.”
– Teresa Sanders, Chief Program Officer, YWCA Greater Cleveland

Teresa Sanders is no stranger to the inner workings at YWCA Greater Cleveland. For the past 10 years, she has worked side by side with outgoing President and CEO Margaret Mitchell in leading a diverse team that facilitates transformative programs in early childhood education, and youth services for children, adolescents, young adults, and families. Because of Teresa’s deep subject matter expertise and extensive experience on the issues of social injustice, foster care, homeless services, and trauma, Teresa is recognized as a thought leader on the issues of developing trauma-informed systems of care, racial equity, and the advancement of women.

In recent farewell remarks to Margaret Mitchell, Teresa highlighted the journey the two have been on over the past ten years, noting that together, they’ve done some incredible [ground-breaking] work:

Work that’s transformed this organization and the communities we serve.

Work driven by visionary leadership, matchless dedication, and passion.

Work that’s resulted in sustainable awareness and actionable racial equity strategies.

Work guided by a shared vision – top down and bottom up — to promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

Work that’s taken root not just locally, but also regionally and even nationally.

As she now takes the helm as interim President and CEO, Teresa plans to continue the work set forth in the organization’s 2020-2025 Strategic Plan, cultivating a nurturing environment, and working to ensure the voices of Black and Brown women and girls remain front and center in the work we do.

Teresa holds a Master’s in Criminal Justice and is a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor.