New Executive Director of Weingart-Lakewood Family YMCA Selected

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Emilio Sosa Senior Executive Director of the Weingart-Lakewood Family YMCA

Emilio Sosa, Senior Executive Director of the Weingart-Lakewood Family YMCA

After a nationwide search, Emilio Sosa has been selected as the Senior Executive Director of the Weingart-Lakewood Family YMCA. Emilio has had a successful career leading the Early Childhood Education (ECE) department of the YMCA of Greater Long Beach and will bring excellence in program operations, staff development, community involvement, and fundraising experience to the Lakewood community. He will transition from ECE to the Weingart-Lakewood Family YMCA starting December 16, 2013.

Beginning early 2014, Emilio will oversee the Weingart-Lakewood Family YMCA expansion and renovation. The anticipated nine month project will feature a new building design and layout that will increase the visibility and accessibility of all program areas and member gathering places. The new design will renovate the existing 25,000 square feet and add approximately 10,000 square feet with two additional group exercise rooms, a new Family Adventure Center, new family changing areas, doubled kids’ club space and increased space for cardio and strength training equipment.

Emilio served as the Early Childhood Education Executive Director for the YMCA of Greater Long Beach since July 2007. At the ECE, Emilio has developed, managed and increased an annual operating budget from $1.2 million dollars in 2008 to $3.4 million dollars in 2013. Furthermore, he has increased program facilities from five sites serving approximately 300 children in 2007 to nine sites serving approximately 600 children in 2013. Emilio has also grown Annual Giving Campaign donations from $15,000 in 2009 to $48,000 in 2013.

Emilio’s accomplishments include bridging traditional branch programs to ECE families through cross marketing, resulting in swimming lessons for over 100 ECE children at the Fairfield Family YMCA, and a family camp experience for preschool parents and their children at YMCA Camp Oakes, funded by 2013 Annual Giving Campaign donations.

About YMCA of Greater Long Beach

The Weingart-Lakewood Family YMCA is part of the YMCA of Greater Long Beach Association that serves 12 cities. The branch has been in its current location since 1980 and has served the communities of Lakewood, Long Beach, and Hawaiian Gardens since 1957.

Founded in 1884, the YMCA of Greater Long Beach has grown to be the oldest and largest youth, teen, and family serving organization in the Greater Long Beach area. Serving more than 30,000 people annually in 11 cities in addition to Long Beach (Lakewood, Seal Beach, Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, Signal Hill, Bellflower, Cerritos, Paramount, Norwalk, Artesia, and Hawaiian Gardens), the YMCA of Greater Long Beach has six community branches and a 230-acre resident camp in the Big Bear area. Each branch has an active Board of Managers with an executive director that serves a portion of the service area. The YMCA operates over 25 after school sites, mostly at public schools, and is one of the largest providers of after school academic enrichment activities with over 2,000 children attending daily. It also has five early childhood education locations.

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support our neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.

For more information about the YMCA, please contact Denise Desmond, Vice President of Mission Advancement at (562) 279-1625 or

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