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Gloria Lau

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Gloria Lau

Gloria Lau

The YWCA USA recently named Gloria Lau as its interim CEO. Lau has 30 years of experience in the non-profit, finance and business sectors and is uniquely positioned to lead the 150-year organization into the future.

“I am thrilled with the opportunity to lead YWCA USA, an organization with a rich history of empowering women and social justice, into the next phase of its future,” said Lau, who moved from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. to assume her new position last month.  

A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the Harvard Business School, Lau was CEO of Charles Schwab Tokio Marine, and one of the first women to serve as the head of a financial services business in Japan.

Her volunteering with the YWCA Chinatown, led to positions as a trustee and then as president of the YWCA Board of San Francisco Marin. She also served as president of the YWCA Pacific Region Board. In 2009, Lau was the interim CEO for YWCA Hawaii Island where she led a successful turnaround of that association.

Lau replaces Lorraine Cole, Ph.D., who has served as the YWCA USA CEO for more than four years.