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.

YW Boston is seeking individuals to join our Advocacy Committee. Since its founding in 2017, the committee has supported YW Boston’s mission to eliminate racism and empower women by identifying public policy issues, raising public awareness, and facilitating action. Learn about our work in 2020, 2019, 2018, and 2017.

Over the past year, the committee has crafted YW Boston’s policy agenda by supporting legislation that supports YW’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. In the past this has looked like focusing on transparency in juvenile justice data collection, supporting the right to equal access to early childhood education, increasing access to menstrual products in public spaces, and educating Bostonians on the opportunities to increase the diversity of our public boards and commissions. Within each of these focus areas, the Advocacy Committee has conducted extensive research, joined coalitions, provided testimony at state hearings, and attended briefings. The committee will work toward the committee’s 2021-22 legislative session priorities.

As terms are coming to an end for some committee members, we are seeking community members who are interested in engaging in advocacy work in support of YW’s mission. Members, who consist of both YW Boston staff and community volunteers, serve two–year terms and are expected to participate in meetings on a monthly basis.  

Please contact Jordan Ziese, Advocacy and Public Policy Senior Coordinator, at jziese@ywboston.org with any questions.

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.

Apply today!

  • We place a high value on creating a committee that is diverse across identities and experiences. People of color, especially women of color, are strongly encouraged to apply. 
  • Policy experience is preferred, not required  
  • Applications close November 15, 2021
  • If you have questions about YW Boston’s advocacy work or about the application, reach out to Jordan ZieseAdvocacy and Public Policy Senior Coordinator, at jziese@ywboston.org
  • To apply, please complete the following form: