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Cascade Resident, Sharmen Gowens named Interim CEO of YWCA of Greater Atlanta

The YWCA announced that it has appointed Sharmen Gowens as its interim CEO.

Cascade resident, Sharmen Gowens is to become the YWCA of Greater Atlanta's new interim CEO effective August 23rd.

Gowens replaces former CEO Justine Boyd who is also a Cascade resident, but chose to accept an opportunity with another Atlanta non-profit.  Prior to accepting this role, Gowens was the community relations manager for lifestyle marketing agency Liquid Soul Media where she worked closely with nationwide community leaders to engage them in community-related projects.

“Sharmen is a seasoned professional with more than 33 years of business and community expertise. She has a proven track record of supporting and enriching the Atlanta community,” said Jackie Parker.  “We are thrilled to have her on board as the interim CEO and look forward to the success she will bring to the YWCA of Greater Atlanta.”  

Jackie Parker, who was vice-chairman of the YWCA board under Sharmen Gowens, will serve as chairman of the board when Gowens moves to her new position.

Gowens has been a board member since 2009.  An executive search committee is currently in place to lead the search for the new CEO while Gowens serves as interim.   

About YWCA of Greater Atlanta:

YWCA of Greater Atlanta is a not-for-profit membership organization that provides social services, advocacy, education and leadership development. It is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.  Established on the Spelman College campus in 1902, the YWCA of Greater Atlanta has six key programs: Women in Transition, Teen Girls in Technology, Early Learning Academy, After School Learning Academy, EncorePlus and Empowered Youth Entertainment. It is a member of World YWCA, which is comprised of YWCAs in 106 countries around the globe. Visit www.ywcaatlanta.org.

Gretchen W Fuller August 16, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Sharmen will continue to be a tremendous asset to the YWCA and the Atlanta Community. I have enjoyed getting to know her over the pass several years and I am so excited for her.

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