YMCA of Greater Boston Announces New President & CEO

Image of new YMCA President/CEO Kevin WashingtonSeptember 2010 - The YMCA of Greater Boston today announced Kevin Washington as it new president and CEO.  Washington will serve as the twelfth president of the nearly 160-year old cause-driven organization.  The YMCA of Greater Boston is the largest social services provider in Massachusetts offering programs and services that nurture the potential of every child and teen, promotes health and well-being and encourages social responsibility.

“On behalf of the entire General Board of Y Directors, we are pleased and excited to have the opportunity to further our mission and good work by serving with someone of Kevin’s professional caliber and experience,” said John G. Conley, Chairman of the YMCA of Greater Boston board.  “We expect Kevin will have a positive and immediate impact to increase the visibility of the Y and the work we do to strengthen communities.”

Washington joins Greater Boston Y after serving YMCAs in Hartford, CT; Philadelphia, PA and Chicago, IL. Prior to joining the YMCA of Greater Boston, Washington was President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Hartford where he re-energized the organization through two strategic planning processes, expansion and development of 8 facilities and camps, an investment of over $60 million and increased the Board of Directors by 40 new volunteers.

“I am proud to be invited to serve as the leader of America’s first YMCA and to have the opportunity to work side-by-side with lead volunteers, community partners, civic and business leaders and the children and families who rely on the Y every day,” said Washington.  “Together we can make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.”

Washington earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Temple University.   He has provided leadership for many national YMCA initiatives including serving on the YMCA of the USA Board of Directors and is a past chairman of the North American Metro 30 (CEO Group) YMCAs.  In addition he is a member of a number of important national Y initiatives including the National Diversity Initiative, Aquatics Safety Task Force, and the national Mentorship Program to support young YMCA leaders.  While in Hartford, CT, Washington was an active board member of Amistad Center for Art & Culture, Hartford Hospital and the Hartford Club.  He is a current member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity Alpha Psi Boulé.