Director of Advocacy and Policy at the YWCA USA and leads the national organization’s advocacy efforts.
Desiree Hoffman, Director of Advocacy and Policy at the YWCA USA, leads the national organization’s advocacy efforts on women’s economic empowerment and racial justice policies. Working with members of Congress, the White House and federal agencies, Desiree and her team advocate for the YWCA’s core legislative and funding priorities, ranging from the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), reproductive health and the Affordable Care Act, pay equity and job training, immigrant rights, and childcare and early education programs. Desiree leads a coordinated grassroots advocacy network to maximize the YWCA’s collective impact and streamline direct service programs with more than 2 million participants at 1,300 locations across the country.
Desiree brings more than a decade of legislative and advocacy experience to the YWCA. Her areas of expertise include: coalition building, grassroots organizing, lobbying, policy analysis and voter mobilization.
Prior to joining the YWCA USA, Desiree served as the Assistant Director of Legislation at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), where she coordinated with a team of policy analysts and strategists to implement field and congressional strategy on legislative priorities, such as the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to provide quality, affordable and accessible health care for all. Desiree has served as a liaison for numerous Congressional Caucuses, including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Women’s Caucus, Progressive Caucus and the Black Caucus.
A graduate of George Washington University with a master’s degree in Public Policy and Women’s Studies.