Leslie Paluch has joined YWCA Evanston/North Shore as policy and advocacy manager. She will develop and oversee policy work that advances YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism and empower women.

Paluch, who previously served as a fellow focusing on justice reform at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights in Washington, D.C., grew up in Evanston and says she’is looking forward to bringing her policy focus to YWCA.

“Having grown up in Evanston, it’s a particular privilege to return home to work with such a great group of committed, brilliant, and inspiring individuals. I cannot wait to see everything we will accomplish together in the coming years,” she said in a news release.

Paluch received her bachelor’s degree from Vassar College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and her law degree from Georgetown.

YWCA Evanston/North Shore works to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen local communities. It serves more than 10,000 people annually in northern Cook County and provides comprehensive domestic violence services to families in need.

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