Casey Harden

Secretary General, World Young Women’s Christian Association

Casey is an experienced nonprofit administrator and has been working to realize the mission of YWCA for 18 years at the local, regional, and national levels, providing both operational and governance leadership. Harden began her YWCA career at YWCA Tacoma/Pierce County and then YWCA Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. She was the CEO of YWCA Greater Baltimore when she was hired as the executive director of the YWCA Mid-Atlantic region, a network of 40 associations in nine states. In 2011, Harden’s involvement in YWCA global work culminated in being chosen as one of six delegates to represent YWCA USA at the YWCA World Council in Zurich, Switzerland, and she has since represented YWCA at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and other international meetings.

Appointed as the 15th Secretary General, Casey believes that young women leaders can lead us to achieve the global goal of leaving no one behind. Casey knows that realizing gender equity requires courage, persistence, creativity, and determination. She knows that girls, young women, and women– as individuals or working together across generations or identities — are powerful beyond measure. As World YWCA General Secretary, the following belief guides her work: by way of formal and informal leadership, girls and women have, do, and will continue to transform power structures.