Welcome to the YMCA of Greater Seattle!

We’re an inclusive organization of men, women and children with a shared commitment to nurture the potential of youth, promote healthy living and foster social responsibility.

Our Cause & Community Presence

At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. We work side-by-side with our neighbors throughout King and south Snohomish counties to help kids and families thrive – and apply their positive behaviors and goals at home, school, the workplace and beyond.
  • 14 branches
  • 2 overnight camps
  • More than 200 program sites

Our Mission

Building a community where all people, especially the young, are encouraged to develop their fullest potential in spirit, mind and body. We live our mission daily, one person and relationship at a time:
  • Reaching 171,500 people of all backgrounds, abilities and financial circumstances
  • Nurturing 84,000 children and teens to develop their gifts and give back to our community
  • Engaging 11,000 volunteers who contribute more than 268,000 hours of service each year
  • Working with 12,000 Partners With Youth Annual Campaign donors investing $4.6 million in local kids and families

Everyone is Welcome

The Y is a membership organization open to all people. We welcome women, men, girls and boys of all ages, races, ethnicities, religions, abilities, sexual orientations and financial circumstances. Our programs and branches embrace diversity, reflecting the people and needs of our communities.

Special Accommodations

The Y is committed to helping everyone achieve their potential. Financial assistance, to the extent possible, is available for those needing assistance in paying for the full cost of a YMCA program or membership. Please ask for a confidential scholarship application at the Member Services desk at any branch. If you have a disability and would like to request assistance or more information, please contact your local Y or call our TTY line at 206.382.5346.

Community-Driven from the Start

In 1876, Seattle pioneers Dexter Horton, Rolland Denny and Catherine Maynard began meeting regularly to discuss strengthening their rapidly growing community, especially for the young. On August 7, 1876, they formally established the YMCA of Greater Seattle.

The same spirit of collaboration that united Seattle's first families has been passed from generation to generation, as the Y continues to nurture youth, promote healthy living and foster social responsibility.

Learn more about the Y’s history: HistoryLink.org

Board of Directors


Tom Hull, Chair, Independent
Carolyn S. Kelly, Vice Chair, Retired, The Seattle Times
John F. Vynne, Vice Chair, Thunderbird Mining Systems
Katie O’Sullivan, Vice Chair, Perkins Coie
Nathaniel "Buster" Brown, Treasurer, Independent
Molly B. Stearns, Secretary, Overlake Hospital Medical Center


Brent Beardall, Washington Federal
Doug Boyden, Retired, Mercer Consulting
Diane Dewbrey, Independent
Matt Griffin, Pine Street Group
Jason Hamilton, Richmond Public Relations/Marsh
Richard Jones, US District Court, Western District of WA
Fred Kiga, Retired, Vigor Industrial
Stephen Lorenzo, Retired, Union Bank
Trae Luh, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Scott Luttinen, Washington Trust Bank
Denise Merle, Weyerhaeuser
Michael McQuaid, McQuaid Commercial Real Estate Brokers
Jill Naas-Blackburn, Wells Fargo
Michael Orbino, John L. Scott
Dan Peyovich, Howard S. Wright
Alison Prince, Nordstrom
Frank X. Shaw, Microsoft Corporation
Galen Smith, Outerwall
Matt Stover, Ernst & Young LLP
Kris Stred, Stred Executive Search
Trevor Stuart, Intellectual Ventures
Mark Tabbutt, Saltchuk Resources, Inc.

Association Leadership

Robert B. Gilbertson, Jr., President/CEO
John Lamb, SVP, Chief Financial Officer
Vivian Shannon, SVP, Chief Development Officer
Wendy Bart, SVP, Chief Membership & Health Officer
Marcia Isenberger, SVP, Chief Operations Officer
Jeff Rainey, SVP, Chief Operations Officer
Alonda Williams, SVP, Chief Marketing Officer
Amanda Gayles, SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer