Jack Lund, principal

When Jack Lund retired as President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater New York, he wanted to continue to advance the Y movement to which he dedicated his entire professional life. Now, as independent counsel and strategic partner to Ys across North America—as well as other not-for-profits whose missions resonate with his passions for community improvement and youth development—Jack brings unparalleled experience and an uncommon perspective in helping leaders and organizations address current challenges and achieve their highest goals. 

Jack began his YMCA career as a Youth Director in his hometown Y, and worked his way through the organization over the span of 40 years. He traversed the entire country, serving in associations large and small, rural and urban, lending him a rich variety of leadership roles as well as hands-on grassroots experience in local communities. He credits his good fortune in serving a wide spectrum of audiences as keys to his own professional development. 

During his decade-long tenure in New York, Jack helped to establish transformative community initiatives, build and renovate more than 1.5 million square feet of facility space including several brand-new branches in underserved neighborhoods, launch a comprehensive professional development campaign for the Y’s 4,500 employees, and pioneer programs in education, civic engagement, and immigrant services. Because his career culminated in New York, he was fortunate to apply all he learned through his years at the country’s largest Y, and now finds himself at another inflection point, where he seeks to lend his experience and expertise to leaders facing challenges and opportunities at organizations no matter the scale. 

In helping leaders chart specific paths toward short-term success and more sustainable futures, Jack quickly discerns organizational culture from the inside out and diagnoses situations quickly. He enters new partnerships with a listen-first attitude and a let’s figure this out together approach. An accomplished fundraiser, charismatic consensus-builder, and self-described generalist who values empowering staff over unilateral decrees, Jack can advise on and influence every area of organizational health, from helping design a comprehensive campaign to developing boards to engaging civic and community leaders to executive coaching in both formal and informal settings. 

In addition to leading the YMCA of Greater New York, Jack chaired several national initiatives for Y-USA, and has served as chair of the YMCA’s Urban Group (now Y North American Network), an organization that comprises the CEOs of the largest YMCAs in North America. On the global stage, Jack is a former chair of the YMCA World Urban Network, a network of YMCA CEOs from the world’s largest cities. 

Jack received his B.A. in Political Science from Philadelphia’s LaSalle University and his M.Ed. in Community Leadership & Development from Springfield College. In 2011, Jack received an honorary doctorate degree from Springfield College, where he served as a Trustee and adjunct professor. 

Jack and his wife Cieli now split their time between Arizona and South Carolina, and have two grown children and two granddaughters. He is a native of Bethlehem, Pa., and an avid cyclist, golfer, pianist, and crossword aficionado.