WaTasha Barnes Griffin

Special guest

WaTasha Barnes Griffin is CEO of the YWCA Central Indiana, which houses the only crisis emergency shelter in Central Indiana, providing safe housing for women, children, and teens to rebuild after crisis.

Barnes Griffin previously served the role of prevention program coordinator at A Better Way Services, where she established the Community Coalition against Violence, the coalition joins service providers from the public and private sectors to raise awareness of the damaging societal impact that crisis and violence has on families served in education, career, and community.

She is a community champion for crisis prevention and education and works closely with the juvenile courts systems to combat human trafficking, the commercial sexual exploitation of youth, and supportive services for women.

WaTasha serves on several boards and committees that promote peace, collaboration, and equality for all. She is currently the President of the Muncie Chapter of Indiana Black Expo, Inc., co-chair of the Martin Luther King Jr. Dream Team, and serves on the executive committee for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Muncie.

Most recently, she was honored in February 2018 with Senate Resolution Forty-Four by Senator Tim Lanane and the Indiana State Senate for her many contributions to Delaware and Madison Counties working to eliminate racism and empower women and children. She received the NAACP 2017 Community Service Award, and a nomination for the Athena Young Professional award. She’s been honored with numerous other awards including the Very Important Volunteer (VIVA) award from Muncie Rotary, and has been recognized with the Muncie City Council Community Service award, Human Rights Commission Appreciation award, the Prevent Child Abuse appreciation award, and the Vivian Z. Conley award honoring women who push for equality and empowerment of women and children.

WaTasha Barnes Griffin is a certified family development specialist from the University Of Iowa School Of Social Work and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana Wesleyan University. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree in public administration from Indiana Wesleyan University.

She is married to Elder Shoka J. Griffin Sr. and the mother of Shoka II and Sa’Niya Griffin. They reside on the eastside of Muncie, Indiana.

WaTasha Barnes Griffin has been a guest on 2 episodes.