North Miami City Councilman Scott Galvin, who is gay, has accepted the position of director of Wellness and Community Prosperity at the YWCA in Miami-Dade.
For nearly 100 years, since 1919, the YWCA has been at the forefront of the most critical social movements from women's empowerment and civil rights to affordable housing and pay equity to violence prevention and healthcare.
"At the YWCA, we're on a mission, and it's powerful: eliminating racism; empowering women," Galvin said. "The brand new year of 2018 has begun. With it comes a fresh start for all of us. For me, I'm excited to let you know I've started a new job with the YWCA. I recently became their director of Wellness and Community Prosperity."
Galvin's position is new, combining two branches of the organization. He will be overseeing programs which improve women's health and economic development.
"For wellness, we will help connect clients to doctors who can provide mammograms, cervical cancer screenings, obesity prevention and other vital medical services," Galvin said. "For economic development, we'll give women the tools to make informed financial decisions for themselves and their families."
The YWCA's programs aren't just for women. Galvin said programs are also provided to men, students, families and "anyone seeking to step into the future, championing the full prosperity of our diverse South Florida communities."
"I'm thankful to be part of a strong, caring staff tasked with a mission that is incredibly important to all of us," Galvin said. "Alongside our CEO, Kerry-Ann Royes, and our board of directors, we'll create new initiatives to deliver social services throughout Miami-Dade."
First elected to the North Miami City Council in 1999, Galvin has served as the District 1 representative on the council ever since, winning elections in 2003, 2007 and 2011. His current term expires in May 2019.