YWCA USA is delighted to share with you that Dara Richardson-Heron, MD will become the next CEO of the YWCA USA. At this critical moment in our history and evolution, Dara brings extensive knowledge, experience, passion and drive as well as an exceptional reputation as one of America’s top leaders in the non-profit world. Equally important, she brings a deep-rooted respect of our organization’s iconic history combined with a dedication and commitment to our mission borne of her family upbringing and expressed in her long-established vision and extensive history of work to empower all women and “abolish societal and institutional racism.”
Dara is a well-respected professional with a powerful combination of non-profit and corporate sector business acumen. She has a dynamic and inclusive leadership style, a winning personality, savvy outreach and media skills and a proven track record of results. She is no stranger to adversity, personally and professionally. Her determination to make a difference in the lives of others after overcoming her own personal challenges as a 15 year and counting breast cancer survivor drove her to take on leadership of the Greater New York City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® where she recently completed her fourth year as CEO. The Susan G. Komen for the Cure® organization is the largest source of nonprofit funds in the world dedicated to the fight against breast cancer.
During her tenure at Komen, Dara lead the organization to record-breaking fundraising success and the Affiliate ranked as the #1 Komen Affiliate in fundraising and grants awarded – outpacing over 120 other Affiliates in the US and abroad in the midst of the deepest trough of the recent recession. While at Komen, she also successfully launched several innovative and creative programs designed to enhance community collaboration, increase awareness and engage a new generation in the organization’s mission and vision.
YWCA is ecstatic to have a person of Dara’s caliber join our team and lead the YWCA USA to the next level. She is a strong and determined presence as well as a smart and effective leader. Her exceptional skills, experience and engaging personality will be invaluable as we work together to build on the growth we have already experienced.