YWCA of Jamestown Announces New Executive Director
The YWCA of Jamestown is proud to announce Jacqueline Chiarot Phelps as the organization’s new executive director. Phelps succeeds longtime director Beth Oakes, who now serves as the executive director of the Child Advocacy Program.
“On behalf of the board we are just thrilled to have Jacqueline as our executive director. We feel that she has the energy and vision to take the YWCA to the next level,” said Janet Chew, YWCA of Jamestown Board of Directors president. “She loves our community and recognizes the vital role the YWCA plays in so many lives. She wants to grow both our programs and visibility in the community. We have no doubt that Jacqueline will have a very positive impact on the YWCA.”
Phelps has served as the regional director, and most recently as director of constituent services, to Congressman Tom Reed since 2012.
“I am ecstatic to be joining such an outstanding organization dedicated to truly serving our community,” Phelps said. “The YWCA is an organization with a dedicated mission to serving others. We have numerous programs and talented staff that go above and beyond to strengthen our community. I am excited for the opportunity to serve as executive director and grow the organization. I want to thank the search committee, Board, and staff. I look forward to continue working with each of them and the greater Jamestown community in this new role.”
A graduate of Maple Grove High School, Phelps earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Canisius College in Buffalo. She went on to earn her Juris Doctorate from Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Mich., and was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2012. She returned to the Chautauqua region, met her husband Craig Phelps, and has been working in Chautauqua County ever since.
Phelps is also active in the community. She is a member of the Greater Jamestown AM Rotary Club and serves on the Jamestown Young Professionals and Jamestown Center City Development Corporation boards. She is a proud member of the Chautauqua Leadership Network Class of 2017 and she serves on the WCA Foundation’s Events Committee. Phelps is also an active member of St. Mary of Lourdes R.C. Church in Bemus Point.
The YWCA of Jamestown is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The organization has several programs that work to fulfill its mission in our community. For more information, please call 488-2237 or visit them on Facebook or at www.ywcaofjamestown.com.