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About Us

Our Areas of Focus
Our History
Our Board of Directors
Our Staff 
Reports & Publications
Our Experts
Location Rentals/Film Shoots

Our Cause

We are a powerful association of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility.  We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. That's why, at the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors throughout the five boroughs to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

Our Areas of Focus


All kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve, therefore, we focus our program delivery to NYC children and teens so they cultivate the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and enhanced educational achievement.

  • Download our Youth Development fact sheet (PDF, 3.1 MB) to learn more ›


The Y enjoys the capacity and the scale to make a positive and measurable impact upon New York City's health and well-being. We recognize our unique responsibility by offering programs that encourage healthy lifestyles, bond families closer together, and strengthen connection with others.


As we have for more than 160 years, we continue to listen and respond to our communities' most critical social needs, with a focus on New York City's most vulnerable citizens and underserved populations. 

  • Download our Social Responsibility fact sheet (PDF, 2.4 MB) to learn more ›

Our History

Founded in 1852, the YMCA of Greater New York has a long esteemed history. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the YMCA in 2002, the YMCA of Greater New York published a book entitled "The YMCA at 150 - A History of the YMCA of Greater New York" by Pamela Bayless. Copies are available upon request by emailing

Looking for more historical information about the Y? Contact the Kautz Family YMCA Archives at the University of Minnesota.


Our Board of Directors

Our influential board of directors is passionate about strengthening the foundations of New York City communities. View a listing of our Board of Directors.

Our Staff

Passionate. Dedicated. Nurturing. Genuine.

Senior staff at the Y work day in and day out to deliver and grow quality programs and services in communities throughout the five boroughs.

View Senior Staff Listing and Biographies

Reports & Publications

Want more info about the Y? Take a look at these regular publications.

Our Experts

Our experts are media trained and ready to contribute to your story or speak at your event. From bullying to break dancing to diabetes prevention to development to depression to drug addiction, the Y experts bureau is made up of thought leaders in New York City. Watch brief interviews with each of our experts to see how they shine on camera. Contact Ellen Murphy at or 212-630-9699 to connect with a Y expert today.

Jack LundJack Lund
President &
Chief Executive Officer

Leading the largest YMCA in the U.S., Jack's career spans 35 years and includes a rich variety of top leadership roles as well as hands-on grassroots experience working with teens, families, and communities.

Lund Video
Gary LaermerGary Laermer
Senior Vice President &
Chief Development Officer

Gary is responsible for all philanthropic and charitable giving programs for the Y and was recently highlighted in Chronicle of Philanthropy, highlighting his work with donor stewardship and effective campaign management.
Laermer Video
Lori Rose BensonLori Rose Benson
Vice President,
Healthy Lifestyles

Lori oversees all aspects of the Y's Healthy Lifestyles and Membership initiatives. In this role, she works to ensures the Y supports a broad range of fitness options and operate within and above Association standards.
Benson Video

Sean AndrewsSean Andrews
Vice President,
Youth Development

Sean oversees the Y's youth development initiatives as well the international branch. Sean places a particular emphasis on program development and is always looking at new and better ways to serve the children and families of New York City.

Andrews Video

Marty ForthMarty Forth
Senior Executive, Youth and Community Engagment

Marty oversees programs and services for teens and young adults ages 11-21, including College Access Programming, Teen Core Programs, Middle School After School programs, Beacon Centers and summer/camp programs for teens.

Forth Video
Judy OuzielJudy Ouziel
Senior Executive Director, Strategic Initiatives

Judy directs the development of stategic initiatives for the Y, including the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program, Activate America pathways to membership and strategies to address chronic disease prevention, youth obesity and community health.
Ouziel Video


Location Rentals/Film Shoots

  • Rentals - With 22 locations throughout the five boroughs, the Y has a myriad of rental spaces for birthday parties, special events, meetings, corporate events and fitness classes. Please contact your local Y to understand spaces that are available for rental.
  • Media Requests - Members of the media are welcome at the Y for broadcast and print shoots dependent upon the content of the piece and the potential disruption to members. All requests should be sent to
  • Photo and Film Shoots - Facility rentals may be available to accommodate photo and film shoots depending on timing, schedule and content. All film crews must have the proper certificate of insurance. Location specific rental fees will apply. All requests should be sent to Ellen Murphy at