Leadership

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Tara Peterson, Executive Director

Tara Peterson was appointed Executive Director of YWCA Glendale in 2016. She is responsible for the executive and administrative leadership of the YWCA Glendale, which strives to eliminate racism and empower women, and has played a pivotal role in revitalizing the agency’s 93-year legacy of supporting local women and girls by expanding programs and reach, but also set forth a change in the culture and conversation around domestic violence in Glendale and surrounding communities. Likewise, she is responsible for ensuring high quality outcomes, financial sustainability, organizational viability, and exceptional service delivery and has grown the organization’s operating budget from 1.3 million to 2.7 million.

Tara brings more than 20 years of experience addressing domestic violence, youth violence, sexual assault, and reproductive rights. She spent a decade working at the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, including five years as its Executive Director, leading statewide policy, legislative, and budget advocacy efforts. Tara is a fierce advocate and has a long track record of successfully advocating for legislative change on behalf of domestic violence victims and their children and leading system change initiatives to increase access to domestic violence services to underserved communities.

Throughout her involvement in the Violence Against Women Movement, Tara has been called upon to advocate at the federal and state level to secure resources and funding to address the social justice issues exemplified by the YWCA mission.  She represents YWCA Glendale in advocacy efforts at the California State Capitol and with legislative policy makers in Washington D.C.

As a recognized expert in the field of Violence Against Women, encompassing the intersection of domestic violence and communities of color, Tara has been called upon to deliver speeches on these topics and has presented at several state and national conferences.

Tara 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 Multi-Cultural Education.

Sylvia Chinn, Associate Director

Sylvia 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 through strategies that make sense for our organization. Sylvia has 10+ 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!

Tori Fisk, Director of Finance and Administration

As the Director of Finance and Administration, Tori ensures the day-to-day management of key functions including finance, accounting, human resources, technology and general business operations. Tori comes to our organization as an accomplished senior management executive with over 17 years of accounting/finance and business operations experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. She brings deep expertise in business infrastructure and process improvement, administrative management, and operational technology. She is passionate about social justice, advocacy and the importance of building stronger communities through social services. She has held leadership roles with various types of nonprofit organizations with membership, media arts, social/human services, and social enterprise models.

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.