The YWCA Quincy has hired Ellen Reed as the new Executive Director. Reed was initially hired to fill the role of Interim Director, but in mid-June, she was hired as the permanent Executive Director.
In the 1990’s, Reed was the program coordinator of the sexual assault program (SAPIS) of Quanada and the Executive Director of AVENUES in Hannibal. Since that time, she has served several organizations in the St. Louis metro area as the Executive Director in anti-domestic and sexual violence, and in HIV/AIDS shelters and transitional and permanent supportive housing models.
In addition to her work in Executive Management, Reed served on the governing bodies of the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and the advisory board of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. While in St Louis, Reed served as chair of the St. Louis End Violence Against Women Network and sat on the Advisory Council of the Nonprofit Center of the University of Missouri – St Louis. Reed was a commissioned member of the Missouri Supreme Court Commission on Domestic Violence.
Reed holds a Master of Public Policy Administration with certificates in Nonprofit Management and Leadership and in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. She graduated as a Pi Alpha Alpha, the National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration.
The mission of the YWCA is to “eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, and dignity for all.” From YWCA Quincy’s inception in 1905 to training women on the use of the voting ballot in the 1920’s to providing daycare services in the 1990’s, YWCA Quincy has been responding to the ever-changing needs of Quincy and Adams County for 118 years. Our housing programs offer supportive, judgement-free housing plus community referrals and case including evidence-based financial coaching, payee services, and facilitated savings accounts to clients, many of whom receive this instruction for the first time.