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The Mission of the Board of Directors is to rebuild the physical structure of the agency and re-establish the hallmark programs benefitting women, children, and the elderly in the Greater New Orleans area.

Letter from Board President


Loyce Pierce Wright
President, Board of Directors YWCA New Orleans
601 S. Jefferson Davis Blvd.
New Orleans, LA

Since its inception in 1911, the YWCA of New Orleans has developed into one of the most innovative and productive YWCAs in the country. The guiding principle in our development has been that the counseling, youth development, and empowerment programs of the YWCA is dedicated to providing programs and services that effectively address community needs and help people to change their minds, bodies, and lives.

The YWCA has a strong commitment to understanding an individual’s and family’s social and personal experiences. We believe we have created one of the best available integrations of community services for individuals, youth, and families. By design, a rich diversity of community services will be represented at the new YWCA New Orleans facility, but the core of our programs is a profound commitment to our community’s well-being.

Thank you for visiting our website and we invite you to join our efforts and the executional steps needed to launch and fund operations once we break ground on the new facility. We are continuing our investments in facilities and infrastructure, broadly articulating the YWCA’s mission, promoting
and delivering high-quality programs, securing the financial stability of the organization, and maintaining a strong and effective board.

I hope that you will join us as we implement our new journey and continue the YWCA’s long-held tradition of community service and excellence.


The recovery mission of the Board of Directors is to rebuild and maintain visibility in the community, and rebuild board and membership capacity in the Greater New Orleans area.


Loyce Pierce Wright, President, Board of Directors
Executive Director (Ret.), Louisiana Commission on Human Rights, Office of the Governor

Arlinda Westbrook, Esq., 1st Vice President
Deputy Chief of Police, Public Integrity Bureau, NOPD

Honorable Bernadette D’Souza, Esq., Board Member
Judge Division “K”- DRS II, Civil District Court

Valerie Sholes, Board Secretary
Realtor®/Consultant, Keller Williams

Shelia Webb, Ph.D., President Elect 
Chief Officer, EXCELTH Primary Health

Shawne B. Favre, CPA, Treasurer
VP of Finance & Operations, Urban League of Louisiana

Tracie L. Boutte, Board Member
Vice President Customer Experience, Entergy Services, Inc.

Tamara Jacobson, Esq., Board Member
Tamara Kugler Jacobson Law Firm





There are nearly 315,000 children birth through age 4 in Louisiana.  


Nearly 1/3 of the children in Louisiana birth through age 4 live in poverty.


61% of Louisiana mothers with infants are in the labor force.


67% of children birth through age five in Louisiana have both parents, or their single parent, working outside the home. 


Since 2008, state lawmakers have slashed the number of publicly funded childcare spots for low-income kids by 70 percent


40% of our children start kindergarten behind in Louisiana

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