YWCA of Tulsa

YWCA Tulsa Selects New CEO

Tulsa Native Returns Home to Lead YWCA Tulsa into its Second Century

Jun 03, 2014

Vanessa Finley, MBARead the story in the Tulsa World


YWCA Tulsa has selected Vanessa Finley, MBA, as its next chief executive officer. A non-profit executive with more than 20 years' experience, Ms. Finley is a native Tulsan who will relocate from Kansas City and will assume her role on July 14, 2014.


"We conducted a nationwide search and considered a long slate of qualified candidates for this position. We looked for a person that met specific criteria - someone with passion for our mission, outstanding leadership that fit our organization and community, as well as a strategic understanding of non-profits with the capability to build momentum and value for Tulsa. We are confident that Vanessa is the right leader for the job," stated Shelly Holden, chair of the Search Committee and president-elect of the YWCA's board.

"Forwarding the mission at YWCA Tulsa as the next CEO is a natural step in my career, where I have spent the last 20 years working in the areas of poverty elimination, racial justice, and women's rights. All of my work in Kansas City has led to this amazing opportunity to return to my hometown. My family and I could not be more excited."  - Vanessa Finley, Incoming CEO of YWCA Tulsa


Most recently Finley has served as the Director of Development for Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, where she has been since 2012. She has led two organizations as Executive Director - Gilda's Club of Kansas City where she served for two years and the First Step Fund, a micro-enterprise organization where she led for twelve years.


A native Tulsan and graduate of Booker T. Washington High School, she received her bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas in Human Development and Applied Behavioral Science, combined with an MBA from University of Missouri Kansas City. Finley has been married to her high-school sweetheart, Phillip Brown (a fellow BTW grad) for 26 years. They are excited to return home with their two daughters Piper (14) and Marlowe (11).


Finley will succeed Felicia Collins Correia who announced her retirement in August 2013. Collins Correia has led YWCA Tulsa since 2006 and has served the Tulsa community for more than 25 years, leading Domestic Violence Intervention Services / Call Rape for 18 years.

"Felicia Collins Correia's service to the YWCA over the last eight years has poised the organization for growth. The board knew that the next leader would need to be someone who could build on this foundation in order to provide an even greater impact on our community. The search committee, board of directors, and executive staff unanimously agree - Vanessa Finley is just the right person to lead the YWCA into its second century of service to Tulsa." - Carmela Hill, YWCA Board President

Meet Vanessa

Stop by our East and Midtown locations to meet Vanessa and grab a cup of coffee and pastry on your way to work.

Tuesday, July 22nd
8145 East 17th Street
Thursday, July 24th
YWCA Midtown  
Patti Johnson Wilson Center
1910 S. Lewis Ave.






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For media inquiries, please contact Mandie Rowden, Communications Manager, at mrowden@ywcatulsa.org or 918-858-2343.