YWCA St. Paul CEO, Gaye Adams Massey, was recently named to the Twin Cities Business 100: The People to Know in 2021. This annual list honors people that will have the largest impact in Minnesota’s economy and corporate communities in the coming year. Honorees that are chosen are influencers, thought leaders and key players making news or driving change in the year ahead.
“I am humbled to be included on this list with so many notable community and business leaders making a significant impact in the community,” said Massey. “Working to advance racial justice and to support women, children and families in overcoming barriers to stable housing, employment, wellness and academic success is how we advance our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. Achieving racial and gender equity is vital to the strength of our community and to ensuring opportunity, prosperity and equal justice for those impacted by racial and gender disparities.”
Massey became CEO of YWCA St. Paul in 2015. Since joining, she has proven to be an accomplished executive and leader, focusing on meeting the needs of the growing number of women and families served by the organization. YWCA St. Paul’s programs and services, including helping individuals and families overcome homelessness, find jobs, stable housing and academic success, while maintaining health and wellness, have never been more important. And helping the community come together to address racism and work for racial justice has gained special urgency this past year and will continue to be a focus for YWCA St. Paul in the years ahead.
She recently joined the board of directors of Medica and serves as on the board of Way to Grow. Massey is a member of the Workforce Innovation Board for Ramsey County, the partnership council of the St Paul Promise Neighborhood and the board of trustees of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Prior to her appointment as CEO of YWCA St. Paul, Massey was a senior deputy general counsel at UnitedHealth Group (UHG), where she founded and chaired the company’s pro bono legal services program.