YMCA of Delaware Names Jarrett Royster as New CEO

Wilmington, DE — Following an extensive national search, Jarrett Royster has been named as the Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of Delaware. Jarrett, who comes to Delaware with more than 34 years of YMCA experience, is a cause-driven leader dedicated to improving the well-being of children, adults, and families throughout the state with a focus on building partnerships.

“During our search for a new YMCA CEO, we looked at many candidates from around the country, but Jarrett stood out among the rest,” said Enid Wallace-Simms, YMCA of Delaware Board Chair. “His energy and vision for the YMCA of Delaware is exactly what we were looking for in a leader. With Jarrett’s extensive Y experience, and passion towards youth development, equity and building healthy communities, we are confident that he will lead our organization to new heights.”

“I am excited and humbled to be selected to lead the YMCA of Delaware,” said Jarrett. “I grew up in the Y, taking swim lessons when I was a kid and participating in after school programs. This is a place that changed me for the better and am honored to be a part of an organization that works so hard to help build the next generation of leaders.”

Most recently Jarrett served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of the Greater Boston YMCA. There, he successfully guided the organization through the COVID-19 pandemic, led efforts to recover membership, fostered the creation of new health products and a virtual studio, and refined how the Y tells its story to build greater brand awareness and equity. Prior to his role in Boston, Jarrett held the position of National Director for Urban & Educational Development at YMCA of the USA, where he led the YMCA’s strategic direction to better meet the needs of some of the nation’s most distressed urban communities. Additionally, he has served as the Vice President of Urban Development and Eastside Operations for the YMCA of Greater Charlotte, and has held leadership positions at YMCAs in Philadelphia, Birmingham, Oklahoma and Providence.

“The Y has a moral obligation to fight against the pandemic of hopelessness and despair that have been inflamed by systemic social issues. This requires us all to work together to make lasting social change,” said Jarrett. “No one agency can address this deeply rooted issue alone. I look forward to partnering with others to find equitable solutions that improve the health and well-being for all Delawareans.”

As President and CEO, Jarrett will be leading one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the state. In addition to seven health and wellness facilities, the Y of Delaware offers afterschool youth programs at many elementary schools across that state, an overnight summer camp in Worton, Maryland, and a Youth Development Center in Downtown Wilmington. Each year, the Y positively impacts the lives of thousands of people of all ages and from all walks of life. In 2021, more than 2.5 million dollars was provided in financial assistance, ensuring everyone has access to the YMCA, regardless of ability to pay.

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