Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.
– James Baldwin
Patricia Hayden serves as the Chief Program Officer for the King County Specialized and Integrated Services Division at YWCA. Her vision to use a racial equity lens to integrate all direct service work across King County, to those accessing YWCA services, is the cornerstone of her 25 years of leadership at YWCA. Patricia understands that service integration includes partnership and service to the larger community. Her work as a community leader, for over 40 years, has given YWCA an opportunity to play a critical role in the King County area.
Patricia has grown the King County Specialized and Integrated Services Division to a space that serves nearly 10,000 members of the community. Patricia has led YWCA to do outstanding work, through a race and social justice lens, within a wide variety of service areas including homeless services and homeless prevention, culturally competent domestic violence services, affordable and permanent housing, children and youth services, and economic empowerment.
Patricia graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Social Work degree. She then attended the University of Maryland for postgraduate studies. She carries certifications in Parent Education and Mental Health Counseling. Her community work includes her current service as Co-Chair of the Seattle Human Services Coalition and membership on the King County Alliance for Human Services Strategy Team. Patricia has received numerous awards for her work, including the Ron Chisom Award from the Seattle Human Services Coalition for anti-racism work done with YWCA.