CINCINNATI, OHIO (February 15, 2017) – After a nationwide search, the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Board of Directors today named Jorge Perez as the new president of the leading nonprofit organization that operates 14 branches, one overnight camp and 80 childhood learning centers across Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. He will be the first Latino-American to lead the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati in its 164-year history of offering programs and services that nurture the potential of every adult and child, promoting health and well-being and encouraging social responsibility.
“On behalf of the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Board of Directors, I am delighted to have Jorge join us in our good work and mission across this community,” said YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Chairman of the Board Major General (ret) Leonard M. Randolph, Jr. M.D. “Jorge will have a positive and immediate impact in increasing the visibility of the Y and all that we do to strengthen communities.”
Since 2013, Jorge has served as senior vice president of Core Programs and the Y Experience at YMCA of the USA in Chicago, where he has had oversight of $16 million in awards to local Ys annually. His many accomplishments there include maintaining national partnerships around critical social issues (achievement gap, college access, anti-hunger, STEM, early learning, volunteering, youth sports, group exercise, etc.), scaling two signature programs nationwide, focusing on youth development and member engagement (Achievement Gap and Togetherhood), and upgrading some of our largest national programs (Afterschool, Summer Camp, Y Achievers).
His 21-year career with the Y has included serving as president/CEO at the YMCA of Southwest Illinois, vice-president-Operations with the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, executive director at the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis, Urban Mission branch; executive director at the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, Oak Cliff branch; and associate executive director at the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, Community Services branch. Jorge joined the Y movement in 1995.
“I am honored to be invited to serve at the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati alongside a cause-driven team of staff, volunteers, partners, community and business leaders; dedicated to creating transformational experiences and providing supportive programs for children, families, and friends who rely on the Y every day,” said Perez. “Together, we will continue to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive as they reach goals, establish caring relationships, and make a connection with the movement we call the YMCA.”
Jorge earned an MBA degree from the University of Dallas and a Master of Arts degree in Christian education from Dallas Theological Seminary. His Bachelor of Science degree was also in Christian education from Calvary Bible College in Kansas City, Missouri.
About the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati
The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati strives to strengthen communities. Through our focus on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility, we embrace and nurture the promise that lives in all of us. The Y gives children, families, and individuals the support and resources needed to be healthier, more confident, connected, and secure. For more information about the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, visit the website www.MyY.org, or call (513) 362-YMCA.
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