YMCA CEO John Ferrell To Retire


[Boston, MA] (7-2010) – YMCA of Greater Boston president John M. Ferrell announced his intent to retire from the YMCA effective September 8, 2010.  Ferrell has served as YMCA president for seventeen years.

During his tenure, Ferrell grew the organization from a $15 million operation into the state’s largest provider of social services and a $60 million organization.  In addition, he positioned the YMCA to be the leading provider of childcare services, providing more than 3,000 children annually with early education and out of school time care.

“John’s vision for the YMCA and its impact on children and families can be seen throughout the organization,” said John Conley, Chairman of the YMCA Board of Directors.  “His commitment has resulted in our Y investing more than $60 million dollars over nearly two decades in new facilities to provide expanded programs and increased services for the communities in Greater Boston.”

 “I am proud to have served with the YMCA for 43 years, the last 17 with the YMCA of Greater Boston.  The opportunity to work with so many committed volunteers, funders and other community-based organizations that share my sense of purpose to strengthen families and communities is truly gratifying,” said Ferrell.

Each year, the YMCA of Greater Boston serves more than 120,000 individuals with programs tailored to meet the developmental needs of children, teens, and adults through 13 neighborhood YMCAs and signature programs such as Huntington Affordable Housing, YMCA Training, Inc., YMCA Achievers and three resident camps on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire.  Ferrell helped to grow the YMCA’s annual fund from $400,000 to $1.8 million helping to ensure that the YMCA is accessible and affordable to those who need it most in the communities it serves.