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Salem mayor's top aide named new executive director of YMCA

Posted by Marcia Dick  January 7, 2013 08:13 AM

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The following was submitted by the YMCA of the North Shore:

SALEM – Jason Silva, currently the Chief Administrative Aide to Mayor Kim Driscoll in the City of Salem, has accepted the position of Executive Director of the Salem YMCA.

“I am thrilled to accept the position of Executive Director at the Salem YMCA,” stated Silva. “It is exciting to have such a terrific opportunity to lead the Y and help the organization reach its goals and achieve its mission in the community. The Y has such a positive impact in Salem and I look forward to building upon these efforts.”  

Silva, who has worked as the Mayor’s Chief Aide since 2006, also serves as a councilor-at-large in his hometown of Beverly. In his current role in Salem, Silva works closely with Mayor Driscoll, department heads, and the City Council to meet the daily operational needs of the city. Prior to that, he was employed by the Massachusetts Nurses Association, where he advocated and helped lead efforts to establish safe nurse-to-patient ratios. Silva is a graduate of Salem State University.

“Jason brings an incomparable depth of community knowledge,” said John Russell, the Salem YMCA Board President. “He’s proven himself capable of bringing people together to accomplish priorities that positively impact life in our community.”  

“The Y is a leading voice on issues important to our cause of strengthening community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility,” said Chris Lovasco, Chief Operating Officer for the YMCA of the North Shore. “We are excited that Jason will continue to build upon the Y’s impact in Salem. He is a wonderful addition to our Y.”

“We appointed Jason to this position with the full support of the Board of Directors and leadership team,” said Jack Meany, CEO. “He is ideally suited to lead our association’s most historic Y into a new era of community engagement.”

According to Mayor Kim Driscoll, “Jason will be a great addition to the Salem YMCA. He has proven himself to be an effective leader in his position as Chief Aide with the City. While he will be missed, I look forward to working with him in his new capacity as Executive Director at the Salem YMCA.”

Silva, a native of Beverly, succeeds Mari Matt, the Salem YMCA Executive Director since August 2011. Matt will continue with the YMCA of the North Shore, in a leadership development and communications role. 

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