Debra M. Ward, M.P.H.
Debra M. Ward, M.P.H.Chief Executive Officer


“Our highest measurement of success is when our neighbors tell us YWCA is the community they can rely on.” At YWCA-San Gabriel Valley our commitment to deliver essential services to residents in over 40 cities is unparalleled. Investing in the community means expanding our services and securing our financial future to make sure we are here to serve for years to come. We have emerged stronger than ever this year by doubling our impact, investing in excellence, and expanding our footprint.

March 2023 marks the one-year anniversary of moving into our new headquarters in Covina, California. Thanks to a very generous donation from the McKenzie Scott Foundation, we were able to purchase our new office space and set a foundation for future financial security. To this end, our 3-year strategic plan was completed; we promoted internally to lead our racial and social justice, behavioral health and community engagement initiatives; and staff received the largest COLA and merit salary increase for FY 2022-23. In addition, we started rebuilding our Executive leadership with new hires for our Director of Finance, and Senior Director of Operations. The Board also expanded and brought on three new Board members in 2022.

The need for comprehensive services for women, seniors, and children continues to rise as communities embrace a changed, post-pandemic world and contend with inflation-induced food insecurity and homelessness. During these uncertain times, the YWCA proudly stands as a beacon of hope to the most vulnerable among us.

We are here for you. As you navigate through our website, we encourage you to reach out with any questions you may have about our services. To contact us regarding senior services, mental health case management, affordable housing advocacy, or any general question please call (626) 960-2995. For the domestic violence shelter please call our 24-hour hotline at (626) 967-0658.

We value the relationships we have with our clients, donors, and community partners. We remain hopeful and eager to serve.


Debra M. Ward