Tara Peterson

Executive Director

Tara manages all of YWCA Glendale’s work, and serves as the organization’s primary spokesperson. She has more than 15 years of experience addressing domestic violence, youth violence, sexual assault, and reproductive rights. Tara spent a decade working at the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, including five years as its Executive Director. While there, she led statewide policy, legislative, and budget advocacy efforts and represented the organization at the state and national level.

Annie Dominguez

Finance and Operations Manager

Annie Dominguez oversees our Accounting and Finance related functions as well as Facilities and Operations. She comes to us with 8 years of experience in human resource, accounting, and business management roles across a wide array of industries, ranging from government contractors to complex manufacturing. She most recently served as an Internal Auditor for a world-class corporation and was the single point of contact in all HR-related matters for over 200 unionized employees. In addition to professional experience, she has held various positions in nonprofit & professional associations such as President, VP, and Treasurer; with a proven record in leadership and organizational management. She has profound passion for business and people.

Elizabeth Sahagun

Domestic Violence Services Manager

Elizabeth oversees YWCA Glendale’s Domestic Violence Services and Emergency Shelter. She supervises all residential and non-residential case management peer counselors, oversees the Children’s Program, and provides consultation on residential and supportive services. Elizabeth has a strong commitment to promoting healthy communities. Prior to working with YWCA Glendale, she worked as a traveling program supervisor and program coach with L.A.’s BEST for 12 years. There she supported low-income families through positive engagement, serving as a liaison between school administrations, community agencies and families.

Vanessa Soma, Esq.

Legal Services Manager/Staff Attorney

Vanessa manages YWCA Glendale’s Legal Services Program, primarily assisting victims and survivors of domestic violence with family law and immigration matters as staff attorney. Prior to joining YWCA Glendale, Vanessa worked at Community Legal Services as a staff attorney and self-help center attorney. She has also worked in solo practice and immigration firms, serving victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, persecution and torture. Vanessa received a Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies, Master of Public Policy with a concentration in Gender Studies and Juris Doctor with a specialization in Critical Race Studies, from University of California Los Angeles.

Sylvia Chinn

Associate Director

Sylvia Chinn is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising and communications plan that aims to identify new supporters, sustain current donors, strengthen our systems, and raise more dollars annually. Sylvia has 9+ years of executive level experience in fundraising, nonprofit communications, and public relations–including a successful capital campaign. She most recently served as VP of Development for six years at Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley, where she worked closely with health center staff, health educators and public affairs staff to transform the organization’s fundraising efforts. Sylvia is passionate about social justice and is very excited to work for YWCA Glendale.