Ken Colloton Elected President of the World Alliance of YMCAs

Former YMCA of the USA Board Chair to lead global movement

CHICAGO, D.C. (August 18, 2010) – Ken Colloton, immediate past Board Chair of YMCA of the USA, was elected president of the World Alliance of YMCAs, a federation of national YMCA movements from 130 countries. Founded in 1855 and based in Geneva, Switzerland, the World Alliance plays a key role in shaping the strategic focus and direction of the global YMCA movement and supports the ability of YMCAs to better serve young people and communities through advocacy, youth leadership development, global programming and emergency response.

Since its founding in 1844, in London, England, the YMCA has grown into one of the largest volunteer organizations in the world, serving more than 45 million men, women and children from diverse backgrounds and communities. In many communities around the world, Ys are the driving force for positive change in difficult social and economic environments.

“There is tremendous opportunity for the World Alliance to support the YMCA’s position as a leading international youth and community development organization,” said Ulice Payne, Board Chair of YMCA of the USA. “Ken’s commitment, leadership abilities and professional experience are tremendous assets to move the collective goals of the global movement forward.”

Colloton will succeed Martin Meissner, of Germany, who has held the position since 2006.

During his four-year tenure, Colloton will work in partnership with the newly appointed World Alliance general secretary, Johan Vilhelm Eltvik of Norway, to advance strategies to strengthen the sustainability, leadership and programming of YMCAs around the world.

“I am honored to serve in this role and will work with YMCA leadership, especially our youth leaders, to ensure that the global movement remains strong and innovative so that we can continue to address the critical challenges facing communities worldwide,” Colloton said. 

With more than 30 years of service to the YMCA, Colloton began as a volunteer at the Capital District YMCA in Albany, N.Y., and has since held several positions at the local, national and international levels. Most notably, he served as YMCA of the USA’s Board Chair (2007 – 2010), representing 21 million members and 550,000 volunteers across the U.S., and as a member of the Executive Committee of the World Alliance since 2006.   

Colloton is the Senior Vice President and a Director of Government Banking at RBS Citizens Bank, N.A. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and management from York College of Pennsylvania and an advanced degree from the Bank Administration Institute of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the recipient of a number of honors, including the Jefferson Award, a national award to recognize and honor leaders in community and public service.


YMCA of the USA
YMCA of the USA is the national resource office for the Y, one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,687 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. YMCA of the USA is a member of the World Alliance of YMCAs.

Mamie Moore
YMCA of the USA


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

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