Former YWCA Executive Director and women’s rights advocate, Audrey Peeples served two years as Chair of the National Coordinating Board YWCA of USA and led the organization through a successful reorganization..
Peeples retired as CEO of the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago in 2001 after 14 years. As the Chief Executive Officer, she was responsible for a budget of $13 million and a staff of 300. Her functions included monitoring all operations, strategic plan development, board relations, fund raising and serving as the YW representative in the corporate community.
Before joining the YWCA in 1987, Audrey was the Executive Director of the Girl Scouts of Chicago, Associate Regional Director at Girl Scouts of the USA, and had held several management positions at Continental Bank and Trust Company, now Bank of America. She was a partner with her husband, in MAJA INC, a family owned real estate management firm. After his death, the firm was closed.
She is a graduate of the University of Illinois and Northwestern University.
Audrey is currently the co chair of the Alumnae council of the Chicago Foundation for Women, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Chicago Community Trust. She is serving her first term on the Board of Turnstone Development Corporation, a not for profit affordable housing corporation. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Adler School of Professional Psychology and the Board of the Little Company of Mary Foundation. She has served on the Board of the Executive Service Corps and as Vice President of the ACLU of Illinois. She is on the Dean’s Advisory Board of the School for New Learning at DePaul University. She is a member and past Chair of the Chicago Network, an affiliate of the International Women’s Forum. She is a former Trustee for First Non Profit Trust. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Chicago, the Chicago Foundation for Women, Junior Governing Board of the Chicago Symphony, and Girl Scouts of the USA. She served as a Commissioner on the Governor’s Commission on Women’s Issues In Illinois under Governor Jim Edgar and Governor George Ryan.
She has received several honors including being one of the 100 women honored with a “rock” as part of Sculpture Chicago in 1994 and the Thomas and Eleanor Wright Award from the City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations for her work in developing racial justice programming and is a member of Today’s Chicago Woman Hall of Fame. She was also named a Historymaker by Historymakers of Illinois.
Mrs. Peeples is currently a consultant to non profits in management Board Development, and strategic planning and often is sought as an expert speaker on leadership, volunteerism, management, racism, and work and family issues