Triangle YWCA chief steps down

RALEIGH, N.C. — Leigh Duque, executive director of the YWCA of the Greater Triangle, will step down October 10 after leading the nonprofit for five years.

Folami Bandele, the YWCA’s director of programming and grants management, will serve as the interim executive director while the board conducts a formal search process.

During her tenure, Duque oversaw the sale of the group’s Oberlin Road property, a move that allowed the YWCA to reallocate resources to its core mission of eliminating racism and empowering women while reducing its debt and boosting its operating reserve.

She also led the development of a three-year strategic plan that the organization says will continue to direct the YWCA’s work.

Duque’s next career move has yet to be finalized, but it’s likely she will stay in the nonprofit sector.

“The work I’ve always done has been mission-based and it will continue to be,” she says.

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