NEW BRITAIN - YWCA New Britain announced Friday that it has appointed Tracey Madden-Hennessey as its new executive director.
Madden-Hennessey is beginning her 36th year with YWCA New Britain. She began her career as an after-school head teacher and gained experience by moving up the ranks through positions such as after school coordinator; child care director; director of counseling, education and training; and director of programs. She has served as associate for the last 10 years.
Among her many roles, she has been responsible for the supervision of grant-funded programs, grant writing and monitoring, and coordinating the YWCA signature Stand Against Racism event. She has held leadership positions in the Coalition for New Britain’s Youth, New Britain Early Childhood Collaborative, New Britain Youth Network, and The Connecticut After School Network. She was most recently named a New Britain Champion for the National Grade Level Reading Campaign.
During her tenure with the YWCA, she has played an integral part in the establishment of the YWCA Strive Youth Development Program for Middle School Girls, as well as integration and expansion of school readiness programming into early childhood services at the Y, and the creation of the Central Connecticut Family Literacy Center in partnership with Literacy Volunteers and New Britain Adult Education.
In the community, Madden-Hennessey was among the founders of the city’s Summer SEE program provided by the Consolidated School District.
Tracy Nixon-Moore, president of the YWCA board of directors, said, “I am thrilled to have Tracey leading the organization to new levels of success. As a seasoned and successful nonprofit executive, Tracey brings with her a stellar reputation with strong connections to the communities we serve and personifies the values we hold. Given her impressive background, broad experience and demonstrated commitment, she has the full confidence and support of the board of directors.”
“During my lifetime of work at the YWCA, the agency has grown into a pillar in the New Britain community,” Madden-Hennessey said. I am humbled and grateful that the YWCA board of directors has given me the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of this group of charismatic leaders. I look forward to expanding our partnerships and our presence as we continue to play a key role in serving the city.”