About Our CEO, Regina Malveaux

About Our CEO, Regina Malveaux

Regina Malveaux is the CEO of the YWCA of Spokane, where she has served for the last 5 years. Regina began her career in the non-profit sector nearly 20 years ago and is a passionate non-profit leader with a reputation for transformational impact and growth. Regina became passionate about the mission of YWCA as a Legal Advocate for YWCA of San Diego and while serving as Executive Director of YWCA of South Hampton Roads. During her tenure with YWCA, she led the creation of the Spokane Family Justice Center, and with her team has expanded programming for victim’s and children’s services by $2 million and created the infrastructure to ensure financial sustainability for these critical programs.

Regina is recognized as a tenacious advocate for women, youth and children. Ms.Malveaux has served on a number of boards aimed at advancing racial justice and economic empowerment including the San Diego NAACP and San Diego Second Chance. She currently serves on the board of directors of the YWCA USA, Greater Spokane Incorporated, the region’s business and economic development organization, and was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee to the Washington Women’s Commission in 2018.

During law school, Regina worked for the Children’s Defense Fund, in both Congress and the White House, and was a policy fellow in within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families. She has also worked to train a new generation of advocates as an adjunct professor in Political, Women’s, African American and non-profit leadership studies at San Diego State University, the Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Old Dominion University and Whitworth University.

She is the author of the chapter “Women and Children First?: How Low Income Women & Children Have Fared Since the War on Poverty” in 2014’s The War on Poverty: A Retrospective published by Lexington Books.

In recognition of her leadership and advocacy for women and children Regina received the prestigious Myra Bradwell Award from Gonzaga University School of Law, Catalyst Magazine’s Women in Business Leadership Award, and was named one of Spokane’s “Power 50”. Regina is a native of Southern California and holds an undergraduate degree in Social Policy from San Diego State University, a law degree from Howard University School of Law, and a non-profit leadership certificate from the Harvard University Business School. She is now a proud resident of Washington State and resides in Spokane.