Brandywine YMCA Welcomes Linda Risk as New Executive Director

The YMCA of Delaware is pleased to announce Linda Risk as the new Executive Director of the Brandywine YMCA. Linda has been employed by the YMCA of Delaware for more than two years as the Vice President of Marketing and Communications, and has been serving as the Interim Executive Director of the Brandywine YMCA since June of 2017. In her new position as Group Vice President, she oversees the Brandywine Branch operations and continues to provide strategic direction for statewide marketing initiatives.

Prior to her employment at the YMCA, Linda worked in the non-profit sector leading marketing, public relations and development for the Delaware Multiple Sclerosis Society and Kent County Tourism. Linda also has a background in television news as an anchor, reporter, host and producer for CN8 The Comcast Network and WMDT- 47, a local ABC News affiliate.

Linda graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in Leadership and Consumer Economics and received her Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing Management from Goldey Beacom College.

As Brandywine’s new leader, Linda joins the team at an exciting time with a five million dollar expansion project currently underway. “Everywhere I look at Brandywine, I see opportunity,” said Risk. “The expansion isn’t just about a beautiful new building and shiny equipment, but more about the unlimited possibilities to advance our mission and better serve our community for generations to come. The staff is working diligently on new programs, classes and schedules that are relevant and appeal to all age groups, families and individuals of diverse backgrounds and abilities.  We want to be the best, most trusted community resource for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility,” she continued.

Born and raised in Dover, Linda has been a proud, active member of the YMCA since she was a young child. She currently resides in the Pike Creek area with her husband, Dennis, daughter, Morgan and son, Evan.


Our Mission


The YMCA is an association of people of all ages, ethnic groups and religious affiliations that strives to cultivate the human potential, self-esteem, and dignity of all people. Our organization exists to develop and practice the Christian principles of love, caring, inclusiveness, justice and peace…and to enrich the emotional, physical and social life of all individuals, families and our community.

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