On July 7, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte announced its president and CEO, Todd Tibbits, will leave the organization in August to take the CEO position with the YMCA of San Diego County in California. The board will convene a committee to begin the search for Tibbits’ replacement immediately. Cesar Silva, the organization’s executive vice president and chief administrative officer, will serve as interim president and CEO.
“We are thankful to Todd for his leadership, especially during the most challenging times our Y faced this past year, and wish him and his family the very best as they establish themselves in San Diego,” said Theresa Drew, board chair for the YMCA of Greater Charlotte in a statement. “I’m confident in the Y’s stability and strength during this time of transition. Todd and his team have positioned the organization for a transformative future as we begin to rebound from the impacts of the pandemic.”
Tibbits has been with the YMCA of Greater Charlotte since March of 2016 where he led strategic vision for one of the ten largest YMCAs in the United States. It had a pre-pandemic operating budget of $99 million and the highest membership revenue of any YMCA in the country throughout the pandemic. Prior to that, Tibbits was chief operating officer of the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities where he led day-to-day operations serving 300,000 people annually with 7,000 employees. In 1992, he began his career in Lansing, Michigan before leading the YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo, Ohio and executing strategic vision for Northwest Ohio’s largest social service organization covering four counties and two states.
On August 11, he will be taking the helm of the YMCA of San Diego County, one of the largest YMCAs in the country with pre-COVID revenues of more than $200 million, serving nearly 500,000 San Diego County residents and employing more than 5,500 people.
“We are delighted this exhaustive national search has brought Todd into our YMCA of San Diego County family,” said Kathy Scott, chair of the YMCA of San Diego County corporate board of directors in a statement. “Todd is exactly what our Y needs right now. He brings a proven ability to drive strategic growth and operational excellence in intricate and multifaceted organizations, foster and grow community partnerships, and will provide undisputed value to our donors and members.”
Tibbits shared throughout the CEO search process, he recognized just how closely aligned his personal values and vision are with those of the YMCA of San Diego County. “The YMCA movement is my passion,” said Tibbits. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to bring my decades of leadership and member service experience to San Diego and to continue creating positive social change by partnering with others to meet the needs of San Diego’s most vulnerable youth and families. Together, we will inspire and mobilize our staff, volunteers, members, donors, neighbors, and partners to strengthen our communities, advance social justice, and provide unparalleled service for all.”