Meet the Executive Director

Gail M. Fortes has served as the Executive Director of the YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts, since September 2006. Gail has served the YWCA in numerous capacities since January 1994. Gail is truly committed to the YWCA Mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.

Gail is the 2015 Standard Times New Bedford Woman of the Year and a 2016 Unsung Heroine for the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. She is also the Immediate Past President of the National Association of YWCA Executives, Past Chair of the Board of Lifestream Corporation, Board Member of the SouthCoast Chamber of Commerce, Member of the Board of Corporators for BayCoast Bank, Trustee for Alma del Mar Charter School, Board Member of the United Front Development Corp., Board Member of the SouthCoast LGBTQ Network, Board Member for Youth Opportunities Unlimited, and serves as the Board Secretary of the Cape Verdean Association in New Bedford. Gail is also the host of the Dartmouth Cable Television Show “Voices of Women.”

Gail has her Bachelors in Physical Education and Masters in Public Administration from Bridgewater State University.