YWCA Glendale announced Tara Peterson as its new executive director. Peterson has a breadth of experience advocating on behalf of victims of domestic violence and the programs that serve them. She has led statewide policy initiatives aimed at preventing and reducing the impact of domestic violence in California, developed and implemented grant programs, served on a variety of state and national advisory committees, provided counseling and support for low-income pregnant and parenting teens, and was a head varsity high school softball coach. Peterson obtained her bachelor’s degree from California State University, Sacramento in ethnic studies while on a full-ride softball scholarship. She also holds a master’s degree in dducation.
“I am excited about bringing my passion and experience to serve an organization with a rich history,” said Peterson. “The YWCA of Glendale has a strong commitment to supporting the wellness and safety of women and children, and I look forward to bring to fruition the vision of a strong board of directors, and to develop the staff and programing necessary to make a positive and long-lasting effect on the entire community.”
As executive director of YWCA Glendale, Peterson will oversee the organizations Domestic Violence Program, 24-hour emergency shelter services, recreation and fitness activities, facility rental program and summer day camp program Camp Y.
“We’re thrilled to have Tara as our new executive director and look forward to her ideas on how the YWCA of Glendale can prosper and offer new and innovative programs for the community we serve,” said Board President Jerome French.
A wine and cheese reception will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 7 on the terrace of the Alex Theatre to welcome Peterson into the Glendale community.