Maria Chavez Wilcox

Chief Executive Officer
Summary
Meet Maria Chavez Wilcox, our Chief Executive Officer, in charge of overseeing all operations at the second largest YWCA in the United States, which serves nearly 15,000 people in the region each year.

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. 
– Anne Frank

Maria Chavez Wilcox joined YWCA in 2016 as the organization’s first Latina Chief Executive Officer. She has over thirty years of experience as a nonprofit executive, social services advocate, community leader, and philanthropist. Previously, Maria was President and CEO at Childhaven, and spent 15 years as President and CEO of United Way of Orange County.

Maria currently serves on the board of Women's Funding Alliance, and has been a member of the Seattle Downtown Association, NAFE, Seattle Rotary, Association of Fundraising Professionals, and Chair of Seattle University's Nonprofit School of Management. 

Maria graduated from Boston University with her Master's degree in Administration and Bachelor of Science in Education, with an additional certificate from the Nonprofit Management Institute at Harvard University.

Maria is fluent in Spanish, French, and English and grew up in Lima, Peru. When she's not at work, she enjoys reading biographies of inspirational leaders, long walks, and spending time with her husband Jeffrey and two cats Baxter and Bailey.
 

Posts by Author

July 3, 2018
Las familias merecen estar unidas. Families belong together and YWCA stands with immigrant women, families, and children.
March 8, 2018
Maria Chavez Wilcox, CEO of YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish, explains why this International Women's Day, we must press for progress for all more
February 9, 2018
Maria Chavez Wilcox, CEO of YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish, joined YWCAs from across the country in Washington D.C. to advocate on behalf of women, more
dweisbeck
Fri, 11/03/2017 - 15:06

Maria Chavez Wilcox is the Chief Executive Officer of YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish. She is the organization's first Latina CEO and has over thirty years of experience as a nonprofit executive, social services advocate, community leader, and philanthropist

Email
ceo@ywcaworks.org
Staff Type
Executive