YWCA South Florida Announces Leadership Changes To Chart Way Forward for Race And Gender Equity

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YWCA South Florida Announces Leadership Changes To Chart Way Forward for Race And Gender Equity

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Leadership Team to Drive Nonprofit’s Invigorated “#100YearsForward” Strategy Created to Accelerate Innovation, Growth and Programming and Achieve Justice for All

MIAMI –  YWCA South Florida, a nonprofit dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering women, today announced three leadership changes to carry on its 100-year legacy of social action and moving justice forward for women and people of color.

Aligning with their tradition of empowering women to achieve higher levels of leadership, the following changes are effective as of April 2021:

Natalie Robinson Bruner

Formerly Division Director of Community Programs, will now lead as Division Director of Race and Gender Equity Advancement. In her new role, Bruner will spearhead the organization’s new Office of Race and Gender Equity Advancement, inclusive of economic justice priority areas. 



Marta Laos

Formerly Division Director of Education Programs, is now the Vice President of Education & Community Social Innovation. Laos is now responsible for leading and integrating all of YWCA South Florida’s community and family framework of programs, including Early Education/Preschools, Elementary, Middle and High School Programs, Women’s Health and Court support programs.



Leonor Romero

Formerly Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, now serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Romero will operate all business functions of the organization with a focus on growth, infrastructure and development of all fixed and human assets.



Under the direction of President and CEO Kerry-Ann Royes, YWCA South Florida’s new leadership team will empower the organization’s next phase of growth focused on building people, places of belonging and programs that heal historic wrongs, structural inequities and prevent the loss of women’s economic freedom.

“These women have each embodied the mission of YWCA South Florida for over 30 years combined. The rigorous care and determination they have exhibited brings me confidence that they will continue boldly leaning into transforming the lives of women and people of color, and fiercely elevate our invigorated journey to justice to the next level,” said Royes.

YWCA South Florida will publicly reveal their highly anticipated “#100YearsForward” plan to partners and community members during their virtual centennial celebration, NEXT!, on June 3, 2021. To learn more, visit YWCA South Florida’s website, ywcasouthflorida.org, or follow along for updates on their social channels, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, at @ywcasouthfl. To become an advocate for its mission, supporters can join YWCA South Florida’s growing network of Justice Movers here.


About YWCA South Florida

Now in its 100th year, YWCA South Florida is committed to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Affirming the motto, “Everything for HER,” YWCA South Florida is a leading voice for women, girls and all marginalized individuals across South Florida. Programs and services in economic empowerment, women’s health and safety, early education and youth development seek to eliminate the social justice issues that disproportionately affect women and people of color.  Find out more at YWCASouthFlorida.org. Follow YWCA South Florida on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YoutTube.