Casey Harden

General Secretary (USA)

Casey (she/her) joined the YWCA movement 20 years ago and is herself a testament to the YWCA’s mission to create space for young women to be leaders, and in doing so, define and contribute to gender equality.

She joined the World YWCA in 2018 as the Deputy General Secretary and in January 2019 was appointed as the 15th General Secretary.

Through various executive and leadership positions, Casey has worked in the local and national sphere on issues around health and wellness, gender-based violence, economic security, racism and social justice, while growing into a professional adept at administration, strategy, governance, and activism. Casey has shown how to harness a movement that is rich and wide-reaching in its diversity toward a common goal for collective impact.

An aspiring astronaut, proud mama, and YWCA torchbearer who is passionate about the simple joys of life, Casey believes that young women and girls will lead the way in realizing the global goal of leaving no one behind.

Read more about her journey here.