Maximizing with Michelle: Jennifer Reed Goddard, CEO, YWCA Charleston

Jennifer Reed Goddard, APR, has served as the Chief Executive Officer of YWCA Charleston, West Virginia since 2022. She first joined the organization in 2016 as their Chief Program Officer. 

Jennifer started her career as the Director of Communications for the West Virginia Kids Count Fund where she wrote and produced the first four annual data books and developed the communications and outreach plans for the organization. Following her dreams, she then worked a regional advertising and public relations agency, which led to more than 15 years in corporate communications and as a community relations and outreach consultant for many Fortune 500 companies. 

A nearly lifelong Charleston resident, Jennifer has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management. She has achieved the designation “APR” as an accredited public relations professional and serves as the Public Relations Society of America West Virginia Chapter president for 2021-2022. She has served on numerous non-profit boards in the community and is excited that her career has brought her back into the world of non-profit management. 

Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Ohio University and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. She recently completed a Certificate in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion from University of South Florida.

Jennifer and her husband Todd enjoy weekends exploring and hiking Wild, Wonderful, West Virginia with Rocket the Wonder Dog.

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