The Sarasota YMCA Chairman Paul Bowman announced today the appointment of Laura Gilbert to President and Chief Executive Officer after serving as the interim President and CEO since October 2016. Gilbert will continue to guide the operations of the Y while strategically planning for future growth. As a 20 year employee of the Sarasota YMCA, Gilbert has served the Y in many capacities including Director of Contracts, VP of Operations and Interim President and CEO.
Gilbert is the first woman to lead the organization in this role in its 71-year history. “It is an honor to become the next President and CEO of the Sarasota YMCA,” said Gilbert. “This association is known as a leader in ground breaking social impact programs and innovative collaborations across the Y movement. Continuing that tradition and implementing new programs and partnerships that meet the needs of the communities we serve is our primary focus.”
In making the announcement, Bowman stated, “Laura has proven herself to be a strong leader, relationship builder and collaborator.” He continued, “She has worked side-by-side with staff, community stakeholders and membership throughout her Y career.” He concluded, “The YMCA is confident that Laura’s leadership will result in the continued success of the many programs and services provided to over 50,000 people in our community each year, from health and wellness programs to Foster Care and Adoptions.”
A graduate of Florida State University, Gilbert earned her MBA at St. Leo University and is a Certified Fundraising Executive. She is also a member of The Association of YMCA Professionals, North American YMCA Development Organization and the Association for Fundraising Professionals.