Audrey Tayse Haynes, 1985 MSW graduate of UK’s College of Social Work, is currently Senior Vice President and Chief Government Affairs Officer for YMCA of the USA. In this position, she is responsible for leading the government relations and policy efforts of the nation’s 2,687 YMCAs and 50 YMCA state alliance organizations.
Audrey’s career in Washington, D.C. dates back to 1993 and she has held different posts in the Clinton/Gore administration, as well as directing former Kentucky governor Paul Patton’s national office. In addition, she has held appointments in the administrations of two other Kentucky governors.
Throughout her career, Audrey has been a strong advocate for welfare reform, health care, education, family and medical leave, domestic violence prevention and many other issues important to youth and families. Audrey has received numerous state and national awards for her advocacy for mental health care, adult education and other issues impacting youth and families.