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July 8, 2022

Worcester nonprofit COO resigns to run for public office

Photo | The Committee to Elect Robyn Kennedy Robyn Kennedy

Robyn Kennedy, chief operating officer of YWCA Central Massachusetts in Worcester, will step down from her position at the organization to focus on her election run for the 1st Worcester District state senate seat.

“After almost 5 years, tomorrow will be my last day as the chief operating officer at the YWCA Central Massachusetts. It has been an honor and a privilege to work alongside my phenomenal team and all our members and participants, “said Kennedy in her Thursday statement.

YWCA told WBJ in a Friday email that it has not named a new COO and is in the process of an active search.

Kennedy’s run for state senate comes after State Sen. Harriette Chandler announced her retirement after more than two decades. In the Democratic Party primary for the open seat, Kennedy is competing against Worcester Mayor Joe Petty. No Republican candidate is currently seeking the position, which represents Worcester and parts of the towns to the north, including Holden, Princeton, West Boylston, Northborough, and Clinton.

YWCA Central Massachusetts was founded as YWCA of Worcester in 1885. The 501(c)(3) reported more than $10 million in revenue and more than $23 million in assets on its report to the Internal Revenue Service for the fiscal year ending in September 2020. The organization’s mission is to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity.

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