YWCA Asheville Seeks New Leadership

The YWCA of Asheville announced that Beth Maczka will step down from her role as CEO of the YWCA effective May 2019.

To gather input from the Asheville community as they formulate a hiring plan for the next CEO (and recruit new board members), the organization’s Board of Directors hosted two Community Listening Sessions on Tuesday, February 12, 2019. The sessions took place in the YWCA Multipurpose Room from 3-4 p.m. and 6-7 p.m.

Maczka noted, “As the YWCA approaches its 112th anniversary and I approach my seventh, it is time to pass the baton to the next leader. A wise woman recently told me that our work is neither a marathon nor a sprint, as it is often portrayed, but a relay where each person does their part when it is their turn.”

YWCA Board Chair Leslie Fay expressed appreciation for Maczka’s leadership and the work of the entire YWCA team during Maczka’s tenure, citing such accomplishments as increased childcare programming, significant facility renovations, and an expanded leadership role in state-wide racial justice advocacy work. Prior to her role at YWCA, Maczka served in leadership roles at Self-Help Credit Union, the Affordable Housing Coalition, Pisgah Legal Services and the Community Foundation of WNC.

The Listening Sessions will be facilitated by Aisha Adams of Aisha Adams Media, and childcare, light refreshments, and Spanish language interpretation will be provided. The Board is seeking input on the values and qualities needed in both a new CEO and new members of the Board of Directors.

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