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YWCA Greater Pittsburgh is delighted to present our new Chief Executive Officer, Janine Woods – a nationally recognized, award-winning nonprofit executive who has advocated for disadvantaged children, women and families for over two decades.

A Kansas native, Woods began her professional life in the corporate world, including a stint in the music industry with LaFace Records. She embarked upon a career with Fortune 500 companies, but soon realized that her heart’s desire was to work on behalf of those most in need – thus beginning her involvement in the nonprofit world. A former “Careers Corner” contributor to Black Enterprise Magazine, Woods launched her nonprofit career at YMCA’s Black Achievers, and from there followed her path to Our Kids, the Winston Salem Urban League, the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus and the North Carolina Dental Health Fund.

During her tenure in the Carolinas, Woods became Program Officer at the Foundation for The Carolinas, where she managed four community grants and oversaw a $1.2 million budget. As Southeast Regional Director of Save the Children in Asheville, North Carolina, Woods improved the socio-economic conditions of people living in poverty throughout a seven-state region, including the Cherokee Indian Nation. Woods has also served as president of Building Capacity, a company dedicated to creating impactful and systemic change for nonprofit organizations, and as an active member of the Women’s Impact Fund, one of the fastest growing giving circles in the country. She is also a North Carolina Governor Appointed Human Relations Commissioner with a heart for social justice.

Most recently, Woods served as CEO of Brown Family Health Center in Deep East Texas. Here, her work addressed the social determinants of health, improving the health, wellness and socio-economic conditions of over one million Texans living in abject rural poverty. Woods refers to herself as a Social Entrepreneur who strives to find long-term solutions for underprivileged populations everywhere.

She holds Bachelor of Arts in Personnel Administration from the University of Kansas, a Master of Arts in Human Resources Development from Webster University in St. Louis, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University. Outside of her professional life, Woods is an exercise enthusiast, an avid poet, flautist, philanthropist and community volunteer. She is also an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., a faithful member of her church, and the proud mother of two young ladies.

At YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, Woods will lead new efforts to focus resources and programs on growing the economic power of women, especially women of color, and sustaining that improvement. Through Woods’ courageous and strategic leadership, the YWCA is preparing to launch cutting-edge programs that challenge racism and address institutional biases; defend the interests of marginalized populations; and improve quality of life in the Pittsburgh region.

Executive Staff

Janine Woods
Chief Executive Officer 
Monique McIntosh 
Chief Administrative Officer 
Barbara Nicholas
Development Officer 
Lisa Scanlon
Senior Director, Financial Services
Barbara Johnson
Senior Director of Race and Gender Equity

Program Directors

Linda Broman, Human Resources, 412-255-1251
Melissa Fuller, Keystone STARS, 412-255-1290
Marjorie Lennox, Resource Center & Housing Programs, 412-255-1292
Cheryl R. Smith, Homewood-Brushton Child Development and Education, 412-365-1910
Ashley Zahorchak, Youth Services & STEM Education, 412-345-7744

YWCA is more than a place. YWCA is a force for social change forging a trail of leadership, advocacy, and action wherever we recognize community needs. YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Is on a mission that it shares with 220 YWCAs across the nation.

It takes courage. It takes compassion. It takes commitment. It takes you. Join us. 

Did you know?

According to the Center for Disease Control, African American women are over three times more likely to be murdered with a gun than white women.

Read more about YWCA's position on gun violence.

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