The Ambassador Council is a group of professionals who provide support to the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, with a collective goal to raise awareness, empower women and eliminate racism. As ambassadors of the YWCA, the Ambassador Council works to raise money and donate time to benefit the YWCA.

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.


Deirdre Asnis
Director, Processing and Data Systems
United Way Worldwide

Elizabeth Bennetts
Senior Manager, Process Improvement
Erie Family Health Center

Michelle Bradley

Lyndey Brock
Senior Account Manager

Melissa Cooper
SVP, Director Client Delivery and Implementation – Treasury Manager
Associated Bank

Felicia Donaldson
Plante Moran

Yasmine El-Gohary
Research Analyst
Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Council

Maureen Flood
Senior Manager, People Advisory Service

Kara Goodbrand
VP, Senior Recruiting Consultant
Northern Trust Corporation

Erica Griffin
Associate Director for Membership & Volunteer Services
DuSable Museum

Whitney Hamilton
‎Visitor Services Manager
DuSable Museum

Monica Harris
Financial Services Pro
Efficient Estates

Meghan Hartsell
William Blair

Shilpa Hingwe
Relationship Manager
First Midwest Bank

Linda Hodo
Global Learning Solutions Manager
Zurich North America

Laticia Holbert
Training & Employee Development Manager

Andleeb Jawaid
Development Manager & Grant Writer
City Year Chicago

Kristel Jensen
Vice President and Regional Manager
Fifth Third Bank

Brittiney Jones
Talent Acquisition/Development
High Grounds, Inc.

Sarah Langum
Real Estate Broker
Dream Town

Tondalaya Lloyd
Lloyd Law Firm LLC

Michelle McAlister
Strategy Manager
Groupon, Inc.

Trak Patel
ARCC Consulting

Sarah Poulimas
Assistant Attorney General
Illinois Attorney General

Kristen Prinz
Prinz Law Firm

Kelsey Rosen
Account Executive
Seelt Solutions

Julianna Sheeran
Managing Director

Laura Shiffman
Financial Accounting Advisory Services Manager

Allyce Stanley
‎Senior Associate – Management Consulting, CIO Advisory

Sandra Talbott
‎Assistant Attorney General
Illinois Attorney General Office

Sherry Tan
Business Development Executive

Yaoyao Wang
Healthcare Investment Banking Associate
William Blair

Pamela Wedgeworth
Communications Consultant & Senior Creative Director
Wedgeworth Communications

Jenna White

Laura Williams
Strategy Manager
World Business Chicago

Nura Yanaki
Polsinelli P.C.

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago Staff Contacts:

Brian Starr
Director, Inspired Giving
1 North LaSalle, Ste. 1150
Chicago, IL 60602
312.762.2710 w