WaTasha Barnes Griffin, Chief Executive Officer
WaTasha Barnes Griffin has led YWCA Central Indiana since 2015. As CEO, she is responsible for being the advocate for the organization – out in the community talking about the YWCA’s work and being at any table where the issues of women and girls, and their economic empowerment and advancement, are being discussed.
“The mission of the YWCA is to eliminate racism and empower women. Both of those things are closely aligned with my personal mission as well. For me, intentionality is important. Anything that I am involved with has to involve women, education or the advancement of women.”
Barnes Griffin’s many honors include being named the 2018 Athena International Leadership Award recipient for her commitment to social justice and advancing the lives of women and children, and being presented with Senate Resolution Forty-Four by Sen. Tim Lanane and the Indiana State Senate for her many contributions working to eliminate racism and empower women and children in Delaware and Madison counties. Among other things, she is a member of the Muncie Community School Board, chairs the MLK Dream Team Committee, is president of the Muncie Chapter of the Indiana Black Expo.