YMCA of Greater Charlotte Announces Departure of CEO and Search for New Leader
The YMCA of Greater Charlotte announced today that its president and CEO, Todd Tibbits, will leave the organization in August to take the CEO position with the San Diego County YMCA in California. The board will convene a committee to begin the search for Tibbits’ replacement immediately.
Tibbits has been with the YMCA of Greater Charlotte since March of 2016. He will be taking the helm of the country’s largest YMCA association and moving closer to family. Read the San Diego County YMCA’s announcement here.
“We are thankful to Todd for his leadership, especially during the most challenging times our Y faced this past year, and wish him and his family the very best as they establish themselves in San Diego,” said Theresa Drew, board chair for the YMCA of Greater Charlotte.
“I’m confident in the Y’s stability and strength during this time of transition,” added Drew. “Todd and his team have positioned the organization for a transformative future as we begin to rebound from the impacts of the pandemic.”
The organization has seen a steady increase in membership numbers since the spring, and has nearly full registrations in both its day and overnight camp programs this summer, serving thousands of kids. Membership and programming fees represent 90 percent of the Y’s revenue, of which $40 million was lost as a result of the pandemic.
In April, the Y announced its largest donation ever, an $18 million gift from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. Planning is underway for the use of those funds, which have been earmarked for health equity and youth and teen opportunity initiatives, with an initial focus in the West Boulevard and Beatties Ford Road corridors.
The Y’s board of directors will conduct a search for the next president and CEO. While the search for a new leader is underway, Cesar Silva, the organization’s executive vice president and chief administrative officer, will serve as interim president and CEO. Silva has been with the YMCA of Greater Charlotte since spring of 2020, and has led the organization’s financial management efforts throughout the pandemic, in addition to overseeing the marketing, technology, facilities, communications and community engagement teams. He has previously held leadership positions at both the St. Louis and Houston YMCAs.
“We have strong plans in place for the remainder of 2021,” said Silva. “I’m looking forward to leading the team as they carry out these plans, with a focus on welcoming our members back and serving our community’s needs.”
About the YMCA of Greater Charlotte
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The YMCA of Greater Charlotte, comprised of 17 membership locations and two overnight camps, nurtures the potential of children and teens, improves our community’s health and well-being, and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Deeply rooted in the community for nearly 150 years, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. The YMCA of Greater Charlotte is a proud recipient of a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator.