Dolores Swirin-Yao brings to Bideawee more than 30 years of experience in the leadership and management of complex, multi-faceted non-profit organizations. Prior to accepting the position at Bideawee, Dolores was Executive Director of the York College Foundation and Vice President for Institutional Advancement of York College of the City University of New York (CUNY) in Jamaica, Queens.

Before working at CUNY, Dolores served as Chief Executive Officer of the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York, the largest girls-only leadership organization working in the five boroughs of NYC. She previously served as Executive Director of the New York City Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and held senior management and development positions at the American Red Cross of Greater New York, the Beth Israel Medical Center in NYC, and the Albert Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia, PA.

Ms. Swirin-Yao earned both MA and BA degrees in French Literature at Columbia University. She is currently a member of the board of the New York State Animal Protection Federation.  Dolores is an avid animal lover who understands the importance of the bond between people and pets. Ms. Swirin-Yao lives with her husband, two children and Bideawee puppy, Tami, adopted in the spring of 2016, and a second Bideawee dog, Simba, adopted in the fall of 2016, in Brooklyn. Dolores' mother Henrietta recently joined the household, along with her new Bideawee foster cat, Wall-E. 

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