Leadership

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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.

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.