Dr. LaRhonda S. Magras

She, Her, Hers

Chief Executive Officer



Dr. LaRhonda S. Magras is Chief Executive Officer of YWCA Central Alabama, whose mission is to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. Magras has more than two decades of nonprofit experience leading anti-poverty and social justice programs in urban and rural communities. Her work focuses on alleviating poverty among children and families.

The first in her family to graduate college, Magras earned a Doctor of Education in leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University (Nashville, Tenn.), Master of Science in human services administration from Spertus College (Chicago), and Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Chicago State University.

Prior to joining YWCA Central Alabama in 2019, Magras served as Senior Vice President of Program Operations with YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee. Before joining the YWCA network, she worked in the Nashville Mayor’s Office as Director of Children and Youth Education Initiatives for Nashville and Davidson County. She was also Vice President of Youth Development with Nashville’s Martha O’Bryan Center, where she developed and sustained programs for students along the K-16 continuum.

Recent Accolades

  • Harvard Business School, Young American Leaders Program, 2021
  • Leadership Birmingham, 2021
  • Birmingham Business Journal, Who’s Who in Nonprofits, 2021
  • Birmingham Business Journal, Top CEO Finalist, 2020
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