Senior Director of Development
Tya Ward brings over 20 years’ non-profit experience—including 15+ years of resource development—to the role of Senior Director of Development for the Center for Environmental Health (CEH). Prior to joining CEH, Tya served as YWCA Golden Gate Silicon Valley’s Chief Philanthropy Officer, where she led a team to advance fundraising and communications. Tya promotes client-centered and anti-racist fundraising practices and is strongly committed to social and environmental justice, especially at the intersections of gender, race, and poverty. Tya earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology and holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from the University of Washington. Born and raised in Duluth, Minnesota, she now resides in Petaluma, California, with her spouse and two dogs. She finds joy in traveling, food, and spending time in nature (camping, hiking, and all things water-related).