Lucria Ortiz to Depart Yonkers Family YMCA, Assumes Leadership of NYC National Non-Profit

In a bittersweet announcement, the Yonkers Family YMCA revealed that President/CEO Lucria Ortiz will be stepping down on December 8th.

Under Ortiz’s leadership since November 2019, the Yonkers Family YMCA has navigated unprecedented challenges, especially during the pandemic. During her tenure, Ortiz secured substantial funding, increasing government and private support by $600,000. This enabled the YMCA to serve 14,000 meals, a 75% increase, and establish a successful weekly food pantry program. Ortiz also expanded the Y’s outreach with violence prevention initiatives and youth mental health programs. And solidifying the YMCA’s commitment to healthy living, Ortiz added two new community gardens to the existing 12 under her remit.

Lucria Ortiz, Karen Erren, Kelly Chiarella, Mary Ann Watkins
Lucria Ortiz, Karen Erren, Kelly Chiarella, Mary Ann Watkins – credit: Feeding Westchester

Ortiz’s impact reached beyond the YMCA, as she became a prominent voice for equity in Yonkers. She played a pivotal role in the appointment of the City’s first Equity Officer and chaired Nonprofit Westchester’s Peer to Peer, the state’s first affinity group for nonprofit employees of color. Her advocacy also extended to the national level when she joined the YMCA’s National Board in 2022.

Reflecting on her time in Yonkers, Ortiz expressed gratitude for the community and the incredible team at the Y.

It has been an immense privilege and honor to serve the residents of Yonkers, a vibrant city full of servant leaders. I have learned so much and developed great friendships with activists, organization leaders, business owners, corporate partners and elected officials. Leading the incredible servants at the Y has been most fulfilling and all of the Ys accomplishments during my time must be attributed to the entire team. I will take this meaningful experience with me and pour into youth locally and nationwide in my next role

Ortiz has accepted the position of President & CEO at a New York City-based national non-profit focused on youth services.

The Yonkers Family YMCA Board will soon begin the search for a new President & CEO, with plans to appoint an interim CEO during the transition. An announcement regarding the interim CEO is expected in the coming weeks.

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