YW Boston is a thought leader on issues at the intersection of race and gender and helps institutions create more inclusive environments where women of color, in particular, can attain and succeed in leadership positions. The Advocacy Committee will align policy priorities with our programmatic focus to end institutional racial and gender inequities. This committee of staff and volunteers will influence and implement the organization’s policy agenda by engaging elected officials, organizations, and the public through legislative advocacy, coalition building, education, and action.

Committee membership will be intentionally inclusive with respect to age, race, ethnicity, gender, LGTBQ+ status, previous experience with YWCA, and other identities. People of color, especially women of color, who live and/or work in Boston are strongly encouraged to apply. Policy experience is preferred, not required.

What does the Advocacy Committee do?

The Advocacy Committee, made up of YW Boston staff and volunteers, is responsible for:

  • Developing and implementing YW Boston’s advocacy agenda
  • Training YW Boston board, staff, or volunteers to participate in advocacy actions
  • Participating in YWCA USA advocacy initiatives
  • Determining coalition partners

What are the requirements of members?

The Advocacy Committee will meet monthly, with a minimum time commitment of four hours per month. As the committee is a working group, members may be asked to complete tasks in support of YW Boston’s advocacy work outside of official committee meetings. 

Members should be deeply committed to YW Boston’s mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. Having some knowledge or experience in policy development and execution is also valuable, though not required. Also valuable are: knowledge of the local community; ability to analyze information; clear communication skills. 

What is the selection process?

Applications will be reviewed by YW Boston’s Senior Management Team. Finalists will be asked to participate in a brief phone interview.

Apply for YW Boston’s Advocacy Committee

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If you have already applied for YW Boston’s Advocacy Committee and would like to re-notify us of your interest, you can do so by emailing Morgan Cowie-Haskell directly instead of applying again.