Following a four-month national search, Johnathan D. Pope has been named President and CEO of the YMCA of Southwestern Indiana. His first day will be Monday, May 20th, 2019. Pope succeeds Derrick Stewart, now CEO of the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis.
Pope will lead a seasoned management team as the YMCA of Southwestern Indiana continues to grow and serve its members and communities. This includes taking the lead on the Y’s strategic plan, nurturing a mission-driven culture while expanding programs and services, and leading a great team of associates committed to building healthy spirit, mind and body.
“We were blessed to field a diverse group of candidates, and we are confident that both Johnathan’s commitment to our YMCA mission and his leadership experience with a much larger organization will benefit our members, associates, volunteers and community,” said Sara Miller, Chairman of the YMCA of Southwestern Indiana. “His experience in building collaborative partnerships will provide innovative leadership as we continue to expand our programs and services throughout our Southwestern Indiana footprint.”
“I am honored to have been chosen to lead an organization where the mission resonates with me so deeply,” said Pope. “I am looking forward to working with the members, volunteers and staff of the YMCA of Southwestern Indiana in advancing our mission as we take on critical issues that affect our community.”
Pope previously served as District Executive Director/Chief Crisis Officer of the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, Michigan. In this role, he led multiple branches and childcare sites generating in excess of $16 million in revenue. Over the past 14 years, he has served in a variety of leadership roles within both the Greater Grand Rapids YMCA and the YMCA of Saginaw, Michigan. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications with a minor in Business Management from Saginaw Valley State University.
Other leadership roles: Past President, Association of YMCA Professional Directors, Michigan Chapter; Board of Directors, First United Credit Union, member; Secretary – Local First of Greater Grand Rapids, member; Rotary Club of Greater Grand Rapids; Chamber of Commerce “Leadership Grand Rapids” 2015; Chamber of Commerce “Leadership Saginaw” 2003.
Johnathan is a native of Daytona Beach, Florida. He and his wife of 15 years have two daughters.