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YWCA USA Names Lorraine Cole, Ph.D., Next CEO.

Dr. Cole to Lead Mission of Eliminating Racism and Empowering Women

WASHINGTON, July 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The YWCA USA National Coordinating Board today announced that Lorraine Cole, Ph.D., has been appointed chief executive officer (CEO) of the YWCA USA. Dr. Cole, who currently serves as president and CEO of Black Women's Health Imperative, will join the organization on Sept. 18.

"Dr. Cole's experience in leading national nonprofit organizations and advocating for issues of importance to women and people of color positions her well to lead the YWCA USA," said YWCA USA National Coordinating Board Chair Suzanne Durham. "She is passionate and is the right person to help us advance our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women."

Prior to leading the Black Women's Health Imperative for nearly six years, Dr. Cole was executive director of the National Medical Association for six years. She earned her Ph.D. in Communication Science at Northwestern University and is a Certified Association Executive.

Dr. Cole is nationally recognized as a tenacious health advocate, advancing the health needs of minority and underserved populations. She has been a fellow of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the Ford and Rockefeller foundations and the Avery Institute for Social Change.

"I couldn't be more excited about the opportunity to join one of the most respected organizations in this county and to continue my quest to make a significant difference in the lives of women and girls," said Dr Cole.

Dr. Cole will succeed interim YWCA USA CEO Peggy Sanchez Mills, a 25-year veteran of the YWCA, who since November 2004, led the organization through a historic re-branding campaign and grassroots advocacy agenda. For more information, log on to

Founded in 1858 and headquartered in Washington, DC, the YWCA is a women's membership movement whose mission is to eliminate racism and empower women. Strengthened by diversity, the YWCA draws together members who strive to create opportunities for women's growth, leadership and power to attain a common vision: peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people. The YWCA represents approximately 2 million women, girls and their families in the United States and 25 million women worldwide. The YWCA has more than 300 associations throughout the United States. For more information, visit, or contact YWCA USA at 202-467-0801.

CONTACT: Kellie Habeeb, +1-402-965-4503, or cell, +1-402-980-4794,, for YWCA USA

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