Ambassadors Council

The Ambassadors Council is a group of professionals who provide support to YWCA Metropolitan Chicago by raising awareness of the organization’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women and by raising funds to support our critical programs and services across the region.

who we are

1. An Ambassador Council member is mission-connected and dedicated to fundraising. Excited to give their time and talent, this person brings with her/him diversity that is complementary to the other members of the Ambassador Council.

2. Ambassadors are distinguished as key influencers in the City of Chicago working to support the invaluable work of the YWCA, one of the most highly regarded and largest women’s organizations in the city.

3. Ambassadors have access to networking and meaningful relationship-building opportunities with other leaders within the YWCA, including the Board of Directors.

4. Ambassadors have an opportunity to affect change in the lives of women and girls by being a part of the inner circle of the YWCA movement.

5. Ambassadors have the unique opportunity to receive board training and skill building to enhance personal goals including serving on future community boards.



Kara Goodbrand
Legal & General Investment Management America

Membership Chair

Lauren Connelly


Vjosa Banushi
Deloitte Tax LLP

Jamie Burke

Heidi Davis

Obinna Ekwueme
Bank of America

Michelle Bradley Emebo, MPH
Emebo Medical Associates

Kerri Franklin

Riley Haemer
Beam Suntory

Heather Hagan

Meghan Hartsell Garza
William Blair

Tatum Hunter
Built In

Ciara Leahy
Wipfli, LLP

Tondalaya Lloyd
Lloyd Law Firm LLC

Abigail Lovett

Allison Pink

Samantha Rice

LaDora Robinson-Locke
Heartland Alliance

Ada Roman
Discover Financial Services

Audrey Rose
Chicago Mindful Psychotherapy

Laura Shiffman

Marishonta Wilkerson, Esq.

Shatisha Wilks


Sandra Adam, CPA
Melissa Cooper
Linda Hodo
Laticia Holbert
Maureen Flood
Trak Patel
Kristen Prinz, JD
Sandra Talbott, JD
Nura Yanaki, JD

ywca metropolitan chicago staff contact

Brian Starr
Director, Inspired Engagement
1 North LaSalle, Ste. 1150
Chicago, IL 60602