Tara Peterson of YWCA Glendale and Pasadena Awarded Sabbatical by LA Foundation in Recognition of Her Leadership

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Tara Peterson of YWCA Glendale and Pasadena Awarded Sabbatical by LA Foundation in Recognition of Her Leadership

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Heather Masterton
Chief Strategic Engagement Officer
YWCA Glendale and Pasadena
P 585.687.8319 | heathermasterton@ywcagp.org


Tara Peterson of YWCA Glendale and Pasadena Awarded Sabbatical by LA Foundation in Recognition of Her Leadership

Glendale, CA, July 1, 2021 — Durfee Foundation announced its 2021-2022 Sabbatical Fellowship, leaders are given a chance to rest, reflect, and recharge

Downtown Los Angeles-based Durfee Foundation, which invests in extraordinary people who are making a better LA, announced today its 2021-2022 class of Sabbatical Fellows. Tara Peterson, Chief Executive Officer of YWCA Glendale and Pasadena, is honored to be selected in this year’s cohort.

In its 25th year of funding this program, in light of the extraordinary need following a year marked by intersecting crises and a global pandemic, the foundation more than doubled the number of awardees. There are 13 fellows in the 2021-2022 cohort.

At the beginning of May 2022, I will embark on 3 months away from my role as CEO of YWCA Glendale & Pasadena to rest, reflect and rejuvenate. Over the next few months, I will be working closely with our board and senior leadership team to develop a plan for my extended time away. I am clear that the work ahead of us is urgent. In the context of that urgency, taking this extended break will allow me to stay energized and committed to advancing racial and gender justice for many more years to come,” said Tara Peterson.

YWCA Glendale and Pasadena will receive $60,000, which includes $50,000 for Tara Peterson to travel, reflect and recharge for a minimum of three consecutive months and $10,000 to advance the skills and wellbeing of YWCA Glendale and Pasadena’s staff, and also to reward those who carry extra responsibility during the sabbatical.

“Nonprofit leaders, community organizers, and people at the front line, providing support and social services to LA’s most vulnerable, kept our communities afloat with a superhuman lift in this past year,” said Claire Peeps, executive director of the Durfee Foundation. “They put themselves directly in harm’s way for all of our good, and now is the time to take care of them in return.”

For over 95 years, YWCA Glendale and Pasadena’s programming has evolved to meet women and girls’ most pressing needs. Their programs are shaped around three pillars: ending gender based violence, empowering girls and advancing racial justice and include: a 24/7 Crisis Hotline, a 16-bed Domestic Violence Emergency Shelter, a Domestic Violence Community Services Center that provides case management, legal services, adult and child counseling, trauma informed childcare, and housing navigation support, a Violence Prevention Education and Outreach Program, a Girls Empowerment Program that offers after school programming, summer camp and STEAM education workshops and mentorship, and the Coalition for an Anti-Racist Glendale.

The Durfee Foundation has funded over 100 sabbaticals to leaders in Los Angeles since 1997. Evaluations have revealed that sabbaticals help organizations retain their leaders and help shift leaders’ perspectives from daily management to distributed leadership and generative thinking and activity. Organizations also benefit from having an opportunity to plan and strengthen their capacity. Sabbaticals can create a permanent shift in the culture of work/life balance for both the leader and the organization’s staff.

The 2021-2022 class of Sabbatical Fellows:

Martha Dina Arguello

Martha Dina Arguello is the Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR- LA). PSR-LA advocates for policies and practices that improve public health, eliminate nuclear and environmental threats, and address health disparities.

Martha Arevalo

Martha Arevalo is Executive Director for the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN). CARECEN empowers Central Americans and all immigrants by defending human and civil rights, working for social and economic justice and promoting cultural diversity.

Maria Lou Calanche

Maria “Lou” Calanche is the Founder and Executive Director of Legacy LA, a youth development organization. Legacy LA builds the capacity of youth to reach their full potential and equips them with tools to transform their lives and community

Tim Carpenter

Tim Carpenter is the Founder and Executive Director of EngAGE, a nonprofit that provides arts, wellness, lifelong learning, community building and intergenerational programs to seniors and families living in affordable senior and multi-generational apartment communities in California, Oregon, and Minnesota.


Liz Herrera

Liz Herrera is the Executive Director of El Nido Family Centers, a social service non-profit agency. El Nido strives to build healthy families by providing community-based social services in some of the most underserved communities in Los Angeles County.

Zachary Hoover

Zachary Hoover is the Executive Director of LA Voice, a multi-racial, multi-faith community organization that awakens people to their own power, training them to speak, act, and work together to transform our County into one that reflects the dignity of all people.

Laura Jimenez

Laura Jime?nez is the Executive Director at California Latinas for Reproductive Justice (CLRJ). CLRJ is a statewide organization committed to honoring the experiences of Latinas to uphold their dignity, their bodies, sexuality, and families.

John Kim

John Kim is the Executive Director of Advancement Project California, a multi-racial, multi- generational racial justice organization working to expand educational opportunities for California’s children, create healthy and safe neighborhoods, build participatory and representative communities, and shift public investments towards equity.

Christine Mirasy-Glasco

Christine Mirasy-Glasco is the Executive Director of Upward Bound House (UBH). UBH’s mission is to eliminate homelessness among families with children in Los Angeles by providing housing, supportive services, and advocacy.

Adam Murray

Adam Murray is Chief Executive Officer of Inner City Law Center (ICLC), a non-profit poverty law firm serving the most vulnerable individuals and families in Los Angeles County. ICLC provides legal representation and advocacy to thousands of homeless and working poor clients.

Tara Peterson

Tara Peterson is the Chief Executive Officer of the YWCA Glendale and Pasadena. The organization is dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering women and works to end gender-based violence, promote girls’ empowerment and advance racial justice.

Alberto Retana

Alberto Retana is the President and CEO of Community Coalition, a nonprofit organization that works to help transform the social and economic conditions in South LA that foster addiction, crime, violence and poverty by building a community institution that involves thousands in creating, influencing and changing public policy.

Alexandra Suh

Alexandra Suh is the Executive Director of KIWA (Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance). KIWA combines organizing, leadership development, services, and policy advocacy in order to improve the lives of immigrant workers in low-wage industries in Koreatown and build a foundation for social change.