YWCA Dayton and its Board of Directors are pleased to announce that Patricia McDonald has been named interim president and CEO.
McDonald comes to YWCA Dayton with the unique experience of successfully leading as interim CEO at two other local nonprofits: Dayton Society of Natural History (which includes Boonshoft Museum of Discovery) and Dayton Performing Arts Alliance.
Prior to these positions, she worked as Market President of KeyBank for the Dayton Region and retired in 2017 after 30 years as a local and regional bank executive.
“With the selection of Pat McDonald, YWCA Dayton will be led by an executive with a demonstrated history of meaningful community presence and involvement,” said Board Chair Jennifer Heapy. “We’re thrilled she will be serving as interim CEO and using that knowledge to further our mission.”
McDonald brings vital insight, strong community relationships, and experienced leadership to YWCA, as well as a longstanding enthusiasm for our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. She was previously honored at YWCA Dayton’s Women of Influence awards and has also received YWCA’s Marsha Froelich Survivor Award.
McDonald is passionate about giving back to the community through more than 30 years of experience volunteering and serving on local nonprofit boards, and she said this same passion drives her at her leadership role at YWCA Dayton.
“For more than 150 years, YWCA Dayton has been at the forefront of providing critical services in this community. My role is to use my experience and connections to continue to steward that mission of eliminating racism and empowering women,” McDonald said.
Some of the additional honors and awards McDonald has received over the years include being named a Dayton Magazine 2019 Business Hall of Fame Inductee and being named a Dayton Business Journal “Power 50” Most Influential Woman honoree. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor for the online MBA graduate program at the University of Dayton.
A committee has been formed to lead the search for a new president and CEO of YWCA Dayton.