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Jatrice Martel Gaiter

Executive Vice President of External Affairs

Jatrice Martel Gaiter serves as the executive vice president of external affairs for Volunteers of America. She positions the organization to build national awareness of its depth of knowledge and breadth of programs and services for America’s most vulnerable. As a member of the executive leadership team, she directs efforts to raise national awareness and increase capacity to serve clients through the  development, communications and public policy departments. She also leads the challenge of positioning the organization as a comprehensive provider of health, housing and human services, and its staff as recognized thought leaders.

Prior to joining Volunteers of America in 2008, Ms. Gaiter served as the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Executive Director of SOS Children’s Villages, and held executive positions at Michigan State University, United Way National Headquarters, United Way Central Indiana and Dade County.

Ms. Gaiter has a bachelor’s degree in government and politics from the University of Maryland and a Juris Doctorate from the Syracuse University College of Law. She has received numerous awards, including Washingtonian Magazine’s 2006 Washingtonian of the Year, Choice USA’s Mentor of the Year Award, Women’s Information Network’s Karen Mulhouser Award and the Washington Free Clinic Heart of Gold Award.

She is currently secretary of the board of the National Human Services Assembly, vice president of the Black Women’s Health Imperative Board and a member of the Generations United board, the Nonprofit Roundtable’s Advisory Council, the University of Maryland’s College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Alumni Chapter Board, the Independent Sector Public Policy Committee, Leadership Washington, the National Capital Philanthropy Day Co-Convener/Awards Committee and the National Press Club. She is a Robert Woods Johnson Nursing Fellow mentor.