President & Chief Executive Officer
Jack Lund serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of Greater New York, the largest YMCA in the U.S. His YMCA career spans 40 years and includes a rich variety of top leadership roles as well as hands-on grassroots experience in local communities.
As head of New York City’s largest private youth-serving organization, Jack is dedicated to strengthening the foundations of communities in New York City through programs that nurture the potential of children and youth, improve the health and well being of individuals and communities and address some of New York City’s most challenging social problems. Jack has pioneered programs in education, civic engagement and immigrant services. Most recently, the Y has launched signature programs addressing the academic achievement gap for children living in poverty, the epidemic of youth obesity and disconnected young people – who have dropped out of school and are not working.
Jack has spearheaded the Next Century city-wide branch capital renewal program that will build or renovate more than 1.5 million square feet of facility space. To date, the campaign has led to the creation and/or renovation of the Chinatown YMCA, Dodge YMCA, Bedford-Stuyvesant YMCA, and Ridgewood YMCA. The most recent major projects include new YMCA’s for the underserved communities of Coney Island and the Rockaways and a state-of-the-art aquatics center at the Prospect Park Y. Two new Y’s are planned for the Bronx as well as Flushing, Queens and Sunset Park, Brooklyn – all part of the “Here for Good” capital program.
In his role as President and CEO, Jack both honors and builds upon the organization’s venerable, 160+-year tradition of volunteerism by fostering opportunities for people to get involved in community service in meaningful ways. During his tenure, Jack has attracted some of the City’s finest civic leaders to join the Board of Directors - making the Y board one of the most effective not-for-profit governing bodies in the City.
Jack has played a key role in cultivating talent and growing the YMCA movement both domestically and internationally. In New York City, he launched a comprehensive professional development program for the Y’s 4,500 employees with a strong focus on organizational culture. In addition to leading the YMCA of Greater New York, Jack served as chair of YMCA Activate America for Y-USA, and has served as chair of the YMCA’s Urban Group (now Y North American Network), an organization that comprises the CEOs of the largest YMCAs in North America. On the global stage, Jack is a former chair of the YMCA World Urban Network, a network of YMCA CEOs from the world’s largest cities.
Jack is active in the community outside of the YMCA. He serves on the Board of Directors of New York’s Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, and the National Winter Sports Education Foundation.
Jack received his B.A. in Political Science from Philadelphia’s LaSalle University and his M.Ed. in Community Leadership & Development from Springfield College. In 2011, Jack received an honorary doctorate degree from Springfield College, where he currently serves as a Trustee and adjunct professor.
Jack and his wife Cieli reside in Manhattan, and have two grown children and two granddaughters. He is a native of Bethlehem, Pa., and an avid cyclist, golfer, and pianist.