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YWCA St. Paul Announces Leadership Transition: Gaye Adams Massey Retires, Ashley Booker to Assume Role as CEO

The YWCA St. Paul Board of Directors today announced Ashley Booker, a dedicated advocate for equitable outcomes and a leader with deep roots in the St. Paul community, will succeed Gaye Adams Massey as CEO.  Massey, who has served as Chief Executive Officer for the last eight years, retired earlier this month.   

Board Chair Angela Finney remarked, “Gaye’s leadership has been transformative for YWCA St. Paul. Her unwavering commitment to our mission has driven significant growth and impact. As we bid her farewell into retirement, we are excited to welcome Ashley Booker, whose passion for equity and community engagement aligns perfectly with our mission.” 

Ms. Booker, who will officially start as YWCA St. Paul’s new leader on August 21, 2023, currently holds the position of Executive Vice President of Learning & Impact for Planned Parenthood North Central States, where she has served in this role for the past four years. She has over 15 years of experience in education, program development, evaluation, fundraising, and community engagement.  She has also dedicated her career to advancing equity in Minnesota and brings a wealth of experience in advancing equitable outcomes, particularly for underserved communities. 

Ashley received her Bachelor of Arts in the Sociology from the University of Minnesota, and her Master of Arts in Education from Augsburg University.  She is a life-long Minnesotan with a proven dedication to East Metro and the Greater Twin Cities area.  

“Ashley’s deep community ties, her commitment to equity, and her proven leadership make her the ideal choice to lead YWCA St. Paul into its next chapter,” Finney reaffirmed. 

Booker said, “I am deeply honored to lead an organization that has such a profound impact on our community. I look forward to building on the strong foundation laid by Gaye and working with the team to continue advancing our mission.” 

The YWCA St. Paul will host an event to welcome Ms. Booker. Details will be announced soon. 

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