Our President and CEO

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Michelle Ellis Young

Michelle Ellis Young is the President and CEO of the YWCA South Hampton Roads. Michelle brings more than 25 years of experience advancing the organizational mission of non-profits, corporations, and higher education institutions, strengthening the stakeholder experience, and conceptualizing innovative programs in community-centered organizations. Most recently, she was executive director of the American Red Cross of Coastal Virginia in Norfolk, where she oversaw the operation of Red Cross in more than 27 cities and counties in Hampton Roads and the Eastern Shore. Prior to that, she served as director of the Retail Alliance Foundation in Norfolk and served as associate manager of Community Health Strategies at the American Diabetes Association in Chesapeake.

Michelle, a trained communicator, earned a B.A. at University of Houston, in Houston, Texas in Radio-Television and a M.A. in Counseling with a focus on College Student Development from Hampton University, in Hampton, Virginia.

Michelle is looking forward to advancing YWCA-SHR’s tradition of excellence and engaging actively with organizations in the 757 community to affect positive change.

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