Sasha Baranov, MS
Sasha Baranov, the YWCA of Palm Beach County's Development Director and Communications, was born and raised in Odesa, Ukraine, until he was adopted and moved to America at six years old. Raised in an orphanage in a region plagued by conflict, Sasha continues to work in areas such as human rights, equal access to healthcare and education, and the promotion and protection of civil liberties, especially for the most vulnerable populations, such as women and children. As a young professional, he has worked in many different capacities; he is the co-founder and Chief Executive officer of Candlewood Consulting, a public relations firm specializing in crisis management and working primarily with local and national nonprofits. In 2016 Sasha had the distinct pleasure of serving as the NGO Representative to the United Nations, where he has contributed to projects that promote human rights issues, food insecurities, health-related policies, and the furthering of accessibility of higher education for all. He is an active member of the local LGBTQAI+ community and sits on several boards advocating for equality.
Sasha holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Miami and a Master's of Science in Global Strategic Communication from Florida International University. Sasha continues to travel domestically and internationally, assisting in humanitarian relief and advocating for equality, justice, freedom, and liberty. He hopes to continue to work on public issues that challenge global and national inequalities and contribute to shaping a more inclusive world.