The YMCA of Greater Houston has selected Stephen Ives as its new president and chief executive officer, the Y recently announced. Ives, who was hired as part of a nationwide search, will begin his tenure on Nov. 12.
“The search committee was focused on finding a CEO who was savvy in the business of the Y, had great community presence and a strong focus on culture,” Y board chair Khambrel Marshall said in a media release. “We were also interested in finding someone who would infuse our organization with innovative approaches to service. We were thrilled to find Steve and are confident about what our Y will become with the help of his leadership. He and his wife Lisa Collins are both excited about joining us and will be a welcome addition to the Houston community.”
Ives was formerly the president and CEO of YMCA of Central Ohio (Columbus), one of the 25 largest Y organizations in the country. Between 2015 and 2017, Ives doubled the Y's annual fundraising, increased operating revenue by 30 percent, broadened its work with the homeless and implemented a business strategy that includes opening of two new facilities in 2019.
Previously, Ives was the CEO at the Merrimack Valley YMCA in Lawrence, Massachusetts, for 10 years and the CEO of the Northern York County YMCA in Biddeford, Maine, for 11 years. He holds a master's degree in business from Northeastern University and a bachelor's degree in speech from the University of Maine.
“[My wife] Lisa and I were impressed with the vision, engagement and leadership demonstrated by the Board of the YMCA of Greater Houston,” Ives said in the release. “We look forward to diving into and becoming a part of the community. With a staff of 4,000 cause-driven leaders, a strong board and a long history of service, there is tremendous potential for even greater impact. I am honored to join that effort and be part of something truly remarkable.”
The YMCA of Greater Houston is among the four largest Ys in the country, serving more than 177,000 families across 26 locations in the greater metro area.