YMCA of the USA Appoints Two New Executive Vice Presidents
Rebecca Bowen Named Chief Development Officer and Jonathan Lever Promoted to Chief Membership and Programs Officer

CHICAGO (February 29, 2016)—YMCA of the USA (Y-USA), the national resource office for 2,700 Ys across the country, has appointed Rebecca Bowen as Executive Vice President/Chief Development Officer and has promoted Jonathan Lever to Executive Vice President/Chief Membership and Programs Officer.

Bowen, who worked for the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago early in her career, returns to the Y with 23 years of fundraising experience including executive positions with two global organizations, Panthera and The Nature Conservancy. Bowen has designed capital campaigns and enterprise-wide strategy to increase leadership giving, creating opportunity for philanthropists to place Big Bets in their areas of interest.

At Y-USA, Bowen will be responsible for growing contributed revenue at the national level to scale life-changing programming across the YMCA network and create opportunities for individual YMCAs to enhance or expand their service to communities. “With the Y’s first-ever nationwide fundraising and positioning campaign underway, Rebecca is the right person at the right time to lead Y-USA’s financial development efforts,” says Kevin Washington, President and CEO of Y-USA. “She knows the Y, and she has deep experience leading campaigns and fundraising teams. I am very excited to have her on board.”

Lever has been with Y-USA for more than 10 years, serving most recently as the Vice President of Healthy Living. During his tenure, the Y has experienced significant increases in financial resources and stature in the national health arena due to his emphasis on innovation, collaboration, evidence-based chronic disease prevention programs, proven results and scalability. In his new role, Lever will be charged with replicating these successes across all of the Y’s program areas.

“Membership and programs are the primary means through which YMCAs engage people in the Y’s cause of strengthening community and address some of the most pressing social issues facing our country today,” says Washington. “Jonathan has become one of the Y’s top innovators and thought leaders, and his expanded leadership role directing membership and programs positions him to have an even greater impact on our organization’s capacity to reach more people and do more good. He’s earned this opportunity.”   

Lever came to Y-USA in 2005 with an impressive background in philanthropic work. He was CEO of the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida; an attorney at Choate, Hall & Stewart, a Boston law firm, where he advised nonprofits and foundations; a research associate at the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy and the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University; and a program associate at the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, one of the largest private foundations in the Southeast.

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About the Y

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 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.net

Contact:
Kevin Dietz
YMCA of the USA
312-419-8418
media@ymca.net

Monday, February 29, 2016

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