President & CEO, YMCA of Greater Boston
The YMCA of Greater Boston welcomes James O’S. Morton, Esquire as its new President & CEO. Mr. Morton is the 13th Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of Greater Boston since its founding in 1851. He joins the Greater Boston Y after serving YMCAs in Hartford, CT and Springfield, MA. Prior to joining the YMCA of Greater Boston, Mr. Morton was President & CEO of the YMCA of Greater Hartford where the Y experienced double digit growth in contributions; developed innovative programming; improved the membership engagement experience; and built many collaborative relationships. He led a successful $15 million capital campaign and launched a new strategic plan to guide the work of the organization.
He also has a deep personal and professional connection to work force development and education having served as a leader to two work force development agencies and as an educator in the Springfield, MA public school system.
Mr. Morton earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of Wisconsin and a Juris Doctorate from Northeastern University School of Law. He is a current member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, serves on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, and sits on the Board of Overseers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. In addition, he has served on numerous YMCA of the USA committees and task forces around brand management, executive leadership and multiculturalism.
Mr. Morton has a compelling personal history that exemplifies the positive impact that the Y makes. With an African-American father and mother of Irish descent, he laughingly often introduces himself as “Black Irish”, and his background and personality provide him with a unique ability to forge meaningful connections with everyone that he meets. Mr. Morton is a world class runner and continues to run competitively. In 2008, he was the national Master’s champion and #2 in the world in the 800 meter, in his age bracket.