Erin O. Crosby has more than 15 years of experience in program and community development, organizational and project management, and communications in the nonprofit sector and higher education. As Director of Women’s Empowerment and Racial Justice for YWCA Greenwich, Erin leads its Center for Equity and Justice and is responsible for the overall strategy and implementation of programs and initiatives focused on achieving racial and gender equity and justice in Greenwich. The CEJ is guided by four independent and intersecting pillars--community education, direct programming, policy advocacy, and systemic change initiatives. Erin worked in higher education for 8 years and in 2005, she became the program and communications director for Leadership Women, designing learning opportunities for emerging and established leaders in Texas. She is a founding board member of SMU’s Black Faculty and Staff Association and a trainer with the Center for Racial Justice in Education. Erin holds a Master’s degree in print journalism from Boston University and a Bachelor’s degree in English from SMU, and she is pursuing a doctorate in PK-12 educational leadership at SMU.
Leslie Coplin, LMSW is the Prevention and Outreach Coordinator for YWCA Greenwich Domestic Abuse Services. Leslie began her career at YWCA Greenwich facilitating Prevention Education Programs in the Greenwich Public Schools, engaging all 6th and 8th grade students to explore healthy and unhealthy relationships. Leslie regularly delivers trainings to professionals, educators, and community and faith-based organizations on the dynamics of intimate partner violence and how to safely work with victims of abuse. Most recently Leslie launched YWCA Greenwich’s DIVE curriculum initiative co-facilitating interactive workshops on topics such as diversity, implicit bias, and anti-racism for community partner agencies and nonprofit organizations. Leslie’s work is informed by her background as a Jewish woman, New Yorker, mother, and passionate communicator. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications from Emerson College and Master’s degree from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service.
Mary Lee A. Kiernan is President and CEO of YWCA Greenwich, a multi-service non-profit with 120 employees and an annual operating budget of approximately $7MM. She previously served as Chair of the statewide Connecticut Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, co-founded the new non-profit PCSW and serves on the Steering Committee for the Governor’s new Council on Women and Girls. Mary Lee also served as the Co-Chair of the Fund for Women and Girls at Fairfield County’s Community Foundation and as an elected member of the Greenwich Board of Estimate and Taxation. She served as a board member with Greenwich Academy, Greenwich United Way, Greenwich Library, CT Association of Human Services, and on the Advisory Board of the Urban League of Southern Connecticut where she was a recipient of its Award for Commitment to Civil Rights and Equality. As a 29-year resident, volunteer, and leader in Greenwich, Mary Lee has a deep understanding of the town’s history, culture, politics, and public and private sectors. She is a retired corporate lawyer. Mary Lee graduated from Harvard College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.