YWCA Announces New Executive Director

YWCA New Britain is excited to announce the appointment of Tracey Madden-Hennessey as its new Executive Director.

Tracey is beginning her 36th year with YWCA New Britain. She began her career as an after school head teacher and gained experience by moving up the ranks through positions such as after School Coordinator, Childcare Director, Director of Counseling, Education and Training, Director of Programs and, most recently, Associate Director, a position she has held for the last 10 years.

In her roles, Tracey has been responsible for the supervision of grant-funded programs, grant writing, and monitoring, and coordinating the YWCA signature Stand Against Racism event. She has held leadership positions within the Coalition for New Britain’s Youth, New Britain Early Childhood Collaborative, New Britain Youth Network, and The Connecticut After School Network. She was most recently named a New Britain Champion for the National Grade Level Reading Campaign.

During her tenure with the YWCA, Tracey played an integral part in the establishment of the YWCA STRIVE Youth Development Program for Middle School Girls, integration and expansion of school readiness programming into early childhood services at the YWCA, and the creation of the Central Connecticut Family Literacy Center in partnership with Literacy Volunteers and New Britain Adult Education.  In the community, Tracey was among the founders of the city’s Summer SEE program provided by the Consolidated School District.

Tracy Nixon-Moore, President of the YWCA Board of Directors, says, “I am thrilled to have Tracey leading the organization to new levels of success.  As a seasoned and successful non-profit executive, Tracey brings with her a stellar reputation with strong connections to the communities we serve and personifies the values we hold. Given her impressive background, broad experience and demonstrated commitment, she has the full confidence and support of the Board of Directors.”

Tracey is thankful for the mentorship of many women in the community who have helped her achieve this lifelong professional goal. In particular, she recognizes the contribution of the six former executive directors- Mary Ellen Burns, Nancy (Hruschka) Young, Nancy Heiser, Cathy-Lynne Coyle, Leslie (Eza) Cifone, and Robin Sharp-   with whom she has worked, and who provided encouragement and acted as role models throughout her career.

Tracey says, “During my lifetime of work at the YWCA, the agency has grown into a pillar in the New Britain community. I am humbled and grateful that the YWCA Board of Directors has given me the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of this group of charismatic leaders. I look forward to expanding our partnerships and our presence as we continue to play a key role in serving the city.”