YWCA leader to retire

YWCA leader to retire

YWCA of Rochester & Monroe County CEO Angela Panzarella plans to retire from the organization at the end of October.

Anglea Panzarella
Anglea Panzarella

Panzarella joined the nonprofit organization two years ago as interim CEO and was named full-time CEO shortly thereafter. She has had a storied career in the for-profit world: She worked as a litigation attorney for Harris Beach PLLC for five years, and in several capacities at Bausch & Lomb Inc., including as litigation counsel and head of investor relations. Panzarella also served a five-year stint as president of ACM Medical Laboratory Inc. before joining YWCA.

“When Angela was appointed as YWCA’s CEO two years ago, we understood she was taking the position in a transitional capacity, focusing on establishing a solid foundation for the organization’s future,” said YWCA Board Chair Liz Vega. “She has put the organization on a firm course for success. Her oversight and management have ensured YWCA will continue to be a critical and relevant resource in our community. We appreciate her leadership, particularly during the early, unprecedented months of COVID-19, when her steady guidance ensured all staff and residents remained safe and healthy in our housing facilities.”

The organization’s board of directors has launched a search for a new leader to carry on the 137-year history of YWCA.

“It has been an honor to lead such a dynamic team here at YWCA,” Panzarella said. “I am enormously proud of what our staff has accomplished over the last two years. Their belief in the YWCA mission is evidenced every day in their commitment to the hundreds of women and families we serve.”

Through housing and young adult services, YWCA helps women and girls who are faced with personal crises including homelessness and substance abuse and empowers women to regain control of their lives and get on the path to a healthy, successful future.

“This is an exciting time for YWCA,” stated Vega. “With such a strong foundation we can now focus on finding a leader to set the course for the future.”

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