JAMES O’S. MORTON, ESQUIRE; PRESIDENT & CEO
James Morton serves as the 13th President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Boston. The YMCA of Greater Boston, America’s first YMCA, is one of the largest private social services providers in Massachusetts, offering programs and services that nurture the potential of every child and teen, supporting healthy living and well-being, and promoting social responsibility. He began his role on April 6, 2015.
Morton joined the YMCA of Greater Boston after serving YMCAs in Hartford, Connecticut and Springfield, Massachusetts.
Morton also has a deep personal and professional connection to work force development and education having served as a leader of two work force development agencies and as an educator in the Springfield (MA) Public Schools, before joining the YMCA movement in 2006.
Morton earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin, a Juris Doctorate from Northeastern University School of Law, and an Honorary Doctorate from Salem State University.
Morton serves on numerous boards and committees, including the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership, Boston After School and Beyond, My Brother’s Keeper Advisory Board, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Community Advisory Board, and Rockland Trust Board of Directors. In addition, he is and has been an active participant on numerous Y-USA committees on youth development, executive leadership development, and multiculturalism. He is an active member of the African-American YMCA CEO Network.
In 2020 he was recognized as one of Boston’s Power 50 by the Boston Business Journal for his leadership during the Coronavirus health crisis and in 2021 he was named one of the 100 Most Influential People by Boston magazine.
Morton is a former All-American Masters track and field athlete and holder of several national Masters titles. He is married, with one adult son, lots of nieces and nephews, and two dogs.
- Paul Falvey – Chief Financial Officer
- Jarrett Royster – Chief Operations Officer
- Todd Tuney – Chief Development Officer
- Amy Turner – Chief Program Officer
- Irene Collins – Chief Communications Officer
- Wendy Zinn – Chief Partnerships & Social Responsibility Officer
- Adeline Campbell – Senior Director of Information Services
YMCA General Board of Directors
Concert Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
The Seyon Group
Hope A. Aldrich
Deb Taylor Blair
People’s United Bank
Douglas Elliman Real Estate
Commonwealth of Massachussetts
State Street Global Advisors
Ernst & Young
C. Ann Merrifield
Boston Children’s Museum
William M. Parent
Joan S. Parsons
Silicon Valley Bank
Rebekah Splaine Salwasser
Red Sox Foundation
Federal Home Loan
Bank of Boston