President and CEO, YMCA of the USA
Suzanne McCormick is the 15th person and first woman to lead YMCA of the USA (Y-USA), the national resource office for the Y — a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Collectively, the nation’s YMCAs engage 13 million members- nearly 5 million of whom are under the age of 18 — annually. McCormick became president and CEO of Y-USA in September 2021. A nonprofit executive with 30 years of leadership experience at the national and local levels, she previously served for three years as U.S. president for United Way Worldwide, responsible for helping the 1,100 United Ways across the U.S. build more resilient, inclusive and sustainable communities. She also was a member of the UWW global management team and executive sponsor of United Way’s Women United Global Leadership Council. McCormick spent five years as president and CEO of United Way Suncoast in Tampa, Florida, where she led a strategic plan to break the cycle of generational poverty, drove fundraising growth, and increased community impact. During her tenure, she was chair of the United Ways of Florida, one of the largest United Way state associations. She also served as chair of the United Way Network Partnership Group, which focused on developing and activating powerful philanthropy initiatives, and the National Professional Council, which advised the CEO of United Way Worldwide on strategic initiatives. McCormick’s 13 years at United Way of Greater Portland in Maine included four as president and CEO. She also was CEO for both the American Red Cross of Southern Maine and the People’s Regional Opportunity Program in Maine. The NonProfit Times recognized McCormick in the Power & Influence Top 50, its annual celebration of the nonprofit sector’s top executives and strategists, in 2021 and 2022. She serves on the boards of directors of Independent Sector and the National Fitness Foundation. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Duke University and is an alumna of the Peace Corps.