Shelley Carthen Watson

Shelley Carthen Watson

Shelley Carthen Watson has served as CEO of YWCA Minneapolis since August 2021. Shelley is also a nationally-renowned labor and employment law expert and came to YWCA Minneapolis from the University of Minnesota, where she served as senior associate general counsel. Prior to her role at the University of Minnesota, Shelley was a partner with the law firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi. She was the first African American woman to become a partner in a large law firm in the state of Minnesota.


Education budget makes needed investments in kids’ health and wellbeing

By: and - June 5, 2023

From a longtime resident and a recent transplant, these two nonprofit CEOs are excited to celebrate the passage and signing of the new education budget. This legislative session was one of significant progress for our state’s youth. It was also an historic year for representation of queer, trans and nonbinary legislators — demonstrating to young […]