Haverkamp heads local YWCA

Lauren MillerOur Town Leaders

Rachel Haverkamp became CEO of YWCA Knoxville & the Tennessee Valley last June after eight months of serving the nonprofit in an interim role.


With impressive and expanding responsibilities at YWCA Knoxville & the Tennessee Valley since 2017, Haverkamp held the titles of director of events, director of development and senior director of donor relations. Prior to joining the organization, she served as executive director of the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association.

“Rachel has successfully enhanced YWCA’s visibility and donor relations in the region over her tenure and is the right person to lead our organization forward in our mission of eliminating racism; empowering women; and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all,” said Whitney Peter, board president for YWCA Knoxville & the Tennessee Valley.

While Haverkamp is adept in the areas of development, program management, donor relations and fundraising, it’s her dedication to YWCA’s mission that makes her the perfect fit as CEO. She will oversee the lifesaving programming offered to women and children throughout the Tennessee Valley, while also bringing a re-energized focus to the racial and social justice initiatives required to fulfill the nonprofit’s mission.

“YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism and empower women is more critical than ever,” Haverkamp said. “With our well-trained and highly dedicated staff, we will continue to meet the urgent needs of our East Tennessee community. In addition to continuing our legacy of serving women and families for the past 120 years, we are committed to championing racial and social justice initiatives and taking a highly visible role in leading the way to equality for all.”

In her spare time, Haverkamp enjoys being active with her family and exploring East Tennessee. She also is a professional violinist and enjoys performing in the community.

Lauren Miller is senior vice president, Moxley Carmichael.

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