Meet our director of programs
CJ Gathers joined YWCA Greater Charleston in March 2022. This 2021 What Women Bring entrepreneurship honoree, who holds a bachelor’s degree in religion and philosophy from Benedict College, has long felt especially called to the needs of women and youth.
Prior to joining YWCA Greater Charleston, she charted a career path in education: both in higher education and K-12. She founded and began to grow The WE Group, a women’s empowerment group best known for enabling women to come together in healing conversations, in 2017. Through the WE Group, she sought to support women in their business endeavors, dreams, visions, and goals by providing a platform on which they could promote and expand their presence.
She also currently serves on the board of Charleston Hope, a nonprofit seeking to bring mental health and behavioral health programs to high-poverty schools, and has served on the board of Holy City Closet, a nonprofit providing donations of modern and fashionable apparel to victims of domestic violence.
“The mission of YWCA Greater Charleston perfectly aligns with my passion and purpose,” CJ says. “My personal philosophy is that our experiences don’t only belong to us, but are to be used for the educating and uplifting of others. I am incredibly honored to be part of YWCA Greater Charleston’s work empowering women and eliminating racism, not only in the Charleston region but across the state and beyond.”
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