James O’S. Morton, Esquire; President & CEO

James O’S. Morton is the 13th President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Boston.  James joined the Greater Boston Y in 2015 after serving at YMCAs in Hartford, CT and Springfield, MA YMCAs.  Prior to joining the YMCA of Greater Boston, James served as President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Hartford where the Y experienced double digit growth in contributions; developed innovative programming; improved the membership engagement experience; and built many collaborative relationships.  He led a successful $15 million capital campaign and launched a new strategic plan to guide the work of the organization. 

He also has a deep personal and professional connection to work force development and education having served as a leader to two work force development agencies and was an educator in the Springfield, MA public school system.

James earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of Wisconsin and a Juris Doctorate from Northeastern University School of Law.  He is a current member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, serves on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, and is a trustee of Springfield College.  In addition, he has served on numerous YMCA of the USA committees and task forces around brand management, executive leadership and multiculturalism. 

James has a compelling personal history that exemplifies the positive impact that the Y makes.  With an African-American father and mother of Irish descent, James laughingly often introduces himself as “Black Irish”, and his background and personality provide him with a unique ability to forge meaningful connections with everyone that he meets.  James is a world class runner and continues to run competitively. In 2008, James was the national Master’s champion and #2 in the world in the 800 meter, in his age bracket.

Management Team

  • Ann Tikkanen – Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
  • Craig Heinrichs – Executive Vice President, Operations
  • Amy Turner – Senior Vice President, Child Development & Out of School Time
  • Elizabeth Toledo – Senior Vice President, Operations
  • Mark Straubel - Senior Vice President, Operations
  • Jarrett Royster - Senior Vice Pesident, Operations
  • Craig Schultze – Vice President & Chief Information Officer
  • Donna Desmond – Vice President, Finance
  • Donny Bautz - Vice President, Membership & Program Development
  • Ed Dahlstedt – Vice President, Facility Management
  • Paul Mantell – Vice President, Human Resources
  • Wendy Zinn – Vice President, Academic Advancement and Partnerships