Meet Holly

Holly Kaster, W-2 Operations Director

Holly Kaster is the W-2 Operations Director of the YWCA Southeast Wisconsin, where she oversees the Wisconsin Works (W-2) program.  Holly has over 20 years of experience addressing unemployment, and underemployment in Southeast Wisconsin through strengths-based, family-centered programming that is consistent with program participants’ interests and goals.  Holly’s experience is grounded in her research of the welfare-reform movement of the 1990s and further informed by her many years of direct case management.  Holly has been in leadership with the YWCA Southeast Wisconsin for more than 12 years, and as a leader she remains close to the front-line operation.  Through this foundational experience Holly has been able to maintain an unwavering focus on the participants and community while fostering a deep ability to understand and navigate the workforce development arena.   Holly regularly collaborates with community based organizations and other workforce development partners to deliver a rich and successful program to the community.

Holly earned her B.A. from UW-Madison.