Glass Brings 20+ Years of Nonprofit Experience and a New Vision to the Organization
The YMCA of Metropolitan Denver welcomed Sue Glass as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective September 17, 2018. Following a 6-month search, the YMCA Board of Directors selected Glass to succeed Jim Hiner, who retired on September 14, 2018. In her new role, Glass will usher in a new strategic plan that focuses on innovative approaches to empowering youth, improving health and building thriving communities.
“During our search for a new CEO, we looked at candidates from across the United States – and Sue stood out among them all,” said Y Board Chair Jarrod Lassen. “Her energy, passion and vision for the YMCA of Metro Denver are exactly what we were looking for in a leader. Sue’s experience leading innovative and complex programs and fundraising operations combined with her passion for health will no doubt result in fantastic leadership for years to come.”
Glass comes to the Y with over 21 years of experience in nonprofit leadership, strategic planning, philanthropy and program development. A tenured executive, she has led multiple organizations through complex transformations resulting in successful revenue gains, enhanced program services, and board and volunteer development. Using these past experiences, Glass plans to bring a new era of change to the Y in Denver.
“My vision for the Y is to be the premier and innovative organization providing bold leadership beyond fitness and nutrition to create thriving communities,” said Glass. “We will position the Y as an authoritative voice on prevention and wellness, youth development and social impact. Our programs will unite the community with demonstrative impact and our operations will be integrated and efficient as we embrace new opportunities.”
Both personally and professionally, Glass has been a lifelong health advocate. The Y was an integral part of her personal health journey early in life, which ignited a passion to help others build confidence with overall wellbeing – spiritually, mentally and physically. In her most recent role, Glass served as the Senior Vice President for the American Diabetes Association, where she led 500 employees across 49 offices throughout the U.S. and managed $125 million in revenue. Under her leadership, the American Diabetes Association was a key driver with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to launch the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) in Colorado.
In her new role with the Y, Glass is eager to build upon the Y’s success, while also embracing change. “I’m honored and humbled at the opportunity to lead an organization with such an incredible mission,” said Glass. “I see challenges as opportunities; I see failures as stepping stones to success. I know that when we imagine the impossible, we can drive cultural change.”
Glass holds a degree from the University of North Florida in health science with an emphasis on community health and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in organizational leadership through CSU Global. She has lived in Denver since 2004 and enjoys the outdoors, marathons, running and cycling.
About the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver
A leading nonprofit, the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver strengthens communities by engaging and connecting individuals, families and seniors through values-based programs. Each year, the Y brings together over 68,000 children, teens, members, and volunteers through a variety of programs and services at its five branches and 75 program locations across metro Denver. The Y is one of 2,700 YMCA organizations nationwide, collectively helping more than 21 million people learn, grow, and thrive. To join, donate, or get more information, visit www.denverymca.org.
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