YWCA Tri-County Area Names Advancement Officer

POTTSTOWN PA – Elise Chesson has been named chief advancement officer for the Pottstown-based YWCA Tri-County Area, it announced Wednesday (July 14, 2021). She will oversee the growing non-profit’s government, foundation, and corporate grant-making, fund-raising programs, and external communications, and help facilitate its practices and policies for equity, inclusion, and justice.

Chesson most recently served as executive director at a local chapter of a leading national non-profit that addresses family and youth homelessness. She holds degrees in cultural anthropology, international relations, and peace and conflict studies, as well as a certificate in non-profit management.

“Championing for social and racial justice is not always popular but always needed. For those who take on the challenge it is rewarding,” Chesson said. The YWCA mission “is something I have been passionate about my whole life. I finally feel like I am in the right place at the right time, where the quest for equity is celebrated. I am truly excited to see all we can do and look forward to working with the community to create meaningful change.”

Chesson leads the agency’s marketing and development team, comprised of Development Director Jennifer Rojas and Manager of Institutional Giving Jean Kowalski.

Rojas joined the YWCA in January 2021 and oversees implementation of corporate and individual fundraising, marketing, and communications strategies. Kowalski joined the YWCA in 2017 and oversees foundation and government grant projects, and contributes to other fund-raising, marketing, and media relations projects.

Chesson photo supplied to The Post