Meet the Executive Director, Gail Fortes


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.



L to R: Linda Rose, Layna Ross, Catherine Bourassa, Leanne Fisher-Ross, Gail Fortes, Barbara Garron, Lisa Rogers, Kelli Munroe, Julianne Jones, Summer Heath, Valentina Martinez. Front Row, L to R: Justin Santos, Jordan Latham, Dr. Juli Parker.



Executive Director
Gail Fortes
, BS, MPA (

Director of Programs and Services
Catherine Bourassa
, BS (

Director of Advocacy & Resource Development
Jordan Latham, 
BA, MA (

Administrative Services

  • Lisa Rogers, CPA – Director of Finance (
  • Jack Davis, BS – Facilities Manager
  • Annamarie Lopes, – Administrative Assistant

Youth Services

  • Andrea Davidson, BA – YWkids School Age Program Director (
  • Yvonne Albuquerque – YWkids Group Leader
  • Crystal Cruz –  YWkids Group Leader
  • Barbara Garron, MA – YWkids Group Leader
  • Nanette Ramos, AA (Associate in Arts; Early Education Certificate) – YWkids Group Leader
  • Justin Santos – YWkids Group Leader
  • Sandro Alves  – YWkids Assistant Group Leader
  • Sara Achorn – YWkids Assistant Group Leader
  • Summer Heath – Girls Exclusive Instructor
  • Jarynette Gonzalez – Girls Exclusive Instructor

Health and Wellness

Adult Services

Residential Services