The YMCA of Greater Boston has named David Lawton, who previously headed two Virginia YMCAs, as the new executive director of the Hyde Park Y.
A 16-year YMCA veteran, Lawton was most recently executive director and CEO of the Franklin County Family YMCA in Rocky Mount, Va., and before that served as executive director for the YMCA of Greater Richmond, Va.
“The Board of Directors could not be more excited about having Dave lead our mission,” said Scott Smith, Hyde Park YMCA board chair, in an announcement released by the YMCA of Greater Boston. “His vast experience and bold vision will lead our YMCA to be truly impactful to the people we serve.”
Lawton grew up going to a YMCA summer camp in Richmond, Va., and went on to run that camp. While serving as executive director for the YMCA of Greater Richmond, he was named to three Association-wide strategy teams: membership, child care, and day camp.
During his tenure with Virginia YMCAs, Lawton substantially increased annual revenue and annual giving, allowing the Y to further serve over 39,000 members across the state.
As Hyde Park celebrates the centenary of its annexation to Boston, Lawton is excited to be joining the YMCA that has served the community since 1896, when it was an independent town.
“I feel fortunate and blessed to be able to lead a Y that is a community hub and has such tremendous history,” he said, according to the announcement.
For more information on the Hyde Park YMCA, visit http://www.ymcaboston.org/hydepark or call 617-361-2300.
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