Media Release: New Executive Officer for Young Women’s Group


Issued 26 March 2017

New Executive Officer for Young Women’s Group

The Young Women’s Christian Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (YWCA A/NZ) welcomes new Executive Officer Alanna Irving, co-founder of Loomio.

“Alanna comes to us with an amazing background in social entrepreneurship and operations and we’re incredibly pleased to have her,” says YWCA Aotearoa New Zealand Co-President Nive Sharat-Chandran.

“I agree,” says Co-President Sina Wendt Moore. “We’re honoured to be in a position to support a new leader for our organisation, at a time when young women’s leadership is needed to bring about change.”

“Originally from San Francisco, I’ve lived in several different countries before settling in Wellington over six years ago,” says new Executive Officer YWCA Aotearoa New Zealand Alanna Irving.

“My professional background is a real mixed bag, from working as a translator in Japan, to volunteering in India, to working in IT in the City of London.

“While I bring skills in business and technology, I’m new to the NGO sector, so I’m looking forward to learning a lot from the YWCA community.

“I’m so pleased to be coming on as Executive Officer for the YWCA Aotearoa New Zealand and I’m looking forward to supporting all the amazing work that YWCA Aotearoa New Zealand does,” says Irving.



For more information or to schedule an interview please contact:

Nive Sharat Chandran – +64 21 0223 0432 or


More info on Alanna Irving:

Five years ago, Alanna co-founded Loomio, a decision-making app for groups who want to work collaboratively, and has been active in the social entrepreneurship space with organisations like Enspiral and Lifehack. Through all these different experiences, community, collaboration, social justice, diversity, and empowerment (especially for women!) have been consistent themes.

While Alanna gets excited about big ideas, her real passion is operations – all the hands-on practicalities behind getting things done. Alanna loves optimising processes, facilitating great meetings, and improving communication. See more details on her website.

About the YWCA of Aotearoa New Zealand,

YWCA of Aotearoa New Zealand is part of a global YWCA network spanning 120 countries. The organisation is dedicated to providing leadership opportunities for young women with a mandate stating 25 percent of its board must be women under 30 years of age.

The YWCA of Aotearoa New Zealand supports individual and community change by empowering women, especially young women, to develop and exercise their individual and collective leadership through enhancing their spiritual, physical, mental and cultural well-being. We are committed to addressing all forms of oppression, so that women may together attain social and economic justice.

Many thanks to all our funders, without their support we could not provide the important services we do.

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