People

Evelyn Daskalakis

Vice President Of Social Services And Mental Health

Evelyn, LMFT, joined Urban in 2004. She strives to support youth and families by leading Urban’s mental health and family support efforts, as she has for the past nine years.

Ingrid Freed

Vice President Of Human Resources And People Services

Kari Lee

Associate Vice President of Operations & DIG/Equity

Chinatown YMCA, Mission YMCA

Kari is proud to be a Y leader, notably at the Chinatown branch, serving a rich and thriving community in healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility.

Lara Hitchcock

Associate Vice President Of People Strategy

Presidio Community YMCA & Point Bonita YMCA

415-447-9699

Lara is passionate about getting youth outdoors, organizational culture, and trail running. She is the Senior Executive Director with the Presidio & Pt Bonita Ys.  

Lauren Clapperton

Associate Vice President Of Health Initiatives And Community Wellness

Stonestown Family YMCA

415-666-9604

Lauren impacts community health outcomes by leading and executing strategy, and building partnerships & results-driven teams. She's passionate about helping people realize their goals and become their healthiest selves.

Marcos Santiago

Chief Advancement Officer & SVP, Communications

Rosanna Gomez

Associate VP of Leadership Development & International Relations

Jamie Bruning-Miles

President and Chief Executive Officer

YMCA San Francisco

Jamie Bruning-Miles was named President and Chief Executive Officer for the YMCA of San Francisco in June 2020. In his previous role as Chief Operating Officer, Jamie's primary responsibility was to lead the organization in accomplishing its strategic 2020 Vision to have the “Healthiest Children In America Living In the Bay Area” and advance health equity strategies to ensure all members of our community have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

To achieve the organization's 2020 Vision, Jamie developed innovative program strategies, renovated facilities, enhanced workforce diversity to advance successful organizational outcomes by engaging diverse leadership to ensure better results.  He established the Collective Social Enterprise model which provided the framework for the organization to work collectively and in unison for the benefit of the communities we serve. His COO leadership culminated in expanded access to healthy living activities where now one in every four members receive financial subsidy to the YMCA of San Francisco, and the organization is providing services to more than 14,000 youth every day.  

The creation of an Organizational Knowledge Center was an outcome of Jamie's innovative thinking, which led to a better understanding of the positive impact the Y is having on Bay Area youth and families.  This also produced valuable data and information that provided opportunities to advance strategies and ultimately deepen community impact.   

With more than 30 years in the YMCA Movement, Jamie progressively expanded his career and welcomed increasingly complex roles and opportunities to provide leadership on National Initiatives. 

He provided visionary, thought leadership and executive sponsorship to co-create with Y-USA, the Biden Foundation and other key national partners the first ‘best in class’ comprehensive LGBTQ+ inclusion and equity strategies resulting in identification and scaling of operational and program best practices reaching more than 1 million people in more than 19 states. 

He has also served on other National Initiatives to include redeveloping the YMCA to tackle health disparities for our most vulnerable, and provided senior leadership in the Colombia YMCA coalition to bridge professional knowledge, shared resources and best practices to increase the Y’s impact for youth in both the US YMCA's and the national and local Colombia YMCAs.

As a tenured YMCA professional, Jamie served as the Vice President of Membership and Program Development for the YMCA of Greater Philadelphia.  In that role, he led the organization’s membership engagement strategies, and led a multi-state solution to elevate health disparities in the areas with the most vulnerable populations working with external partners to create an innovative, scalable approach. Additionally, he was appointed to develop a new operating model for YMCA's that led to opening the fastest-growing membership Y in the country.    

Jamie has experience in working with major health care systems across the country to build YMCA's that include medical outpatient centers.  This forward-thinking strategy was set to create a continuum of care to improve health outcomes in YMCA's in both Florida and Wisconsin.  One of his career-defining responsibilities included developing, managing, and implementing a Hospital/YMCA facility in Brown Deer, Wisconsin that won the 2010 Wisconsin Chapter American Society of Interior Design Silver Award. He also provided leadership in shaping the positioning and visibility of these facilities to ensure successful community integration for each project.

Jamie received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Central Florida, a Master's degree from Springfield College, and has proudly served our country in both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army Reserves. Jamie is married to his husband Ronald Bruning-Miles, for over 17 years.

 
 
 

Mittie S. Grigsby

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

With more than 35 years of experience in retail, food and beverage, and manufacturing in small and large corporations throughout the Bay Area, Mittie is a proven leader with the ability to collaborate with internal and external leaders and business partners to build successful operating strategies and drive efficiencies and growth.   

Mittie’s business expertise includes accounting and finance, treasury management, real estate, legal, human resources and IT.  Her career path led her to Goodwill Industries of the Greater East Bay, where she spent the last three years as Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, leading the financial and strategic initiatives for the agency. Mittie is an effective leader who enjoys working with and developing diverse, high performing teams in support of an organization’s growth and success.

For personal enjoyment and relaxation, Mittie enjoys hiking and dancing.

Erin Clark

Senior Vice President and Co-Chief Operating Officer

Erin will always be a youth worker at heart, having spent her formative years working with middle schoolers and earning a BA in Child and Adolescent Development. Since then she’s developed a passion for all aspects of Y work and especially enjoys staff development.  She believes the Y levels the playing field to create opportunity for all people to reach their highest potential.  Erin loves to explore the world through the eyes of her toddler and enjoys literature, film and radio while toddler is sleeping. 

Chip Rich

Senior Vice President and Co-chief Operating Officer

Chip's expertise is in design and delivery of social services and mental health programming with an emphasis on underserved communities. He is the founder of the Urban Services YMCA and believes the Y has a breadth of services and capacity to support all youth and families in our communities.  In his spare time, Chip enjoys spending time with his two children. 

Chad Nico Hiu

Senior Vice President of Strategy, Equity and Impact

Chad Nico Hiu [@chadnico] is a Hawaii-born student of the world, aspiring anti-racist, and Senior Vice President for Strategy, Equity, and Impact with the YMCA of San Francisco. In this role, he serves as a catalyst, ensuring continuous strategic alignment and impact – grounded in community needs and input - across all areas of the Ys work from operations and people services to advancement. He leads a team facilitating YSF’s strategic planning process, driving global, diversity, equity, and inclusion (GDEI) efforts, and fostering sustainable organizational change focused on collaboration and impact. Chad facilitated the co-creation of YSF’s 2030 Vision; ‘where you can be, belong, and become’ – with over 1000 staff, members, youth, and volunteers providing input. This process also yielded YSF’s new mission, ‘to build healthy, equitable, and sustainable communities for all generations’, as well as strengthened organizational values and impact pillars that will guide YSF’s work for the next decade and beyond.

Previously, Chad served with the YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) Global, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (GDEI) team in Chicago for ten years, most recently as Senior Director of Diversity & Inclusion where he helped to build local, state-wide, national, and global capacity to engage diverse, vulnerable, underserved and marginalized communities, co-led Y-USA’s GDEI strategy and network, and integration of diversity, equity and inclusion policies, practices and programs towards community bridge building and social cohesion for all in the 10,000 communities the Y serves across the U.S. Prior to that, he served as Director of International Operations & Youth Exchanges for the YMCA of Greater New York, where he was part of an era of dynamic growth in cultural exchanges, collaborations, and global education/inclusion programming. Chad holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services Administration & Youth Development and a Master’s degree in Organizational Management and Leadership from Springfield College in Massachusetts and a Global Studies Certificate from the University of Pittsburgh.  

Chad currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Tyler Clementi Foundation, dedicated to ending online and offline bullying, harassment, and humiliation, and on Y-USA’s Strategic Planning Advisory Committee. He has previously served on the Board of Directors for Howard Brown, one of the nation’s largest LGBTQ health care networks, and Chicago Fair Trade supporting workers rights and global social responsibility, has traveled to 40 countries on almost every continent of the world, participated in the globally recognized Semester at Sea study abroad program, volunteered with the CASA YMCA youth shelter in Tijuana, Mexico, represented Y-USA in global settings and the World YMCA at the United Nations. He helped launch the Ys inaugural partnership with the Biden Foundation advancing LGBTQ+ inclusion and equity across 19 states, and served as a policy volunteer with the Biden/Harris 2020 Campaign. He has lived in Hong Kong for two years, provided voter engagement support to various political campaigns, and served as Youth Director with the YMCA of Honolulu. Chad can be reached at CNHiu@ymcasf.org and lives in San Francisco, California with his husband of twelve years.

Andy Vamis

Senior Vice President of People, Culture and Risk

With 30 years experience in human resources and organizational development, Andy believes the Y is about human development and changing lives for the better every day. Andy enjoys watching his boys play sports and plays tennis, squash, golf as often as he can. 

Rachel Del Monte

VICE PRESIDENT OF MEMBER EXPERIENCE

As Vice President of Member Experience, Rachel enjoys advocating for the Y, creating community collaborations and working with our board of managers to engage even more people in our YMCA community.  Rachel enjoys reading, hiking and cooking in her spare time.

Chris McComic

VICE PRESIDENT OF REAL ESTATE, CAPITAL ASSETS AND FACILITIES

Chris is a seasoned real estate development, facilities operations/management and construction professional and has been working in the field for the past twenty five years. He was a member of the Mission Valley YMC board in San Diego for 12 years where he served as the chairperson for both facilities and new construction committees and was directly involved with the construction of the Toby Wells YMCA, Mission Valley YMCA renovation/additions and multiple facility rehab projects in the YMCA of San Diego. In the fall of 2019, Chris joined our team at the YMCA of San Francisco.

Takija Gardner

Senior Vice President of Government Relations & External Affairs

Takija is a seasoned YMCA professional of 13 years with experience in youth development, community capacity building and diversity, inclusion and global initiatives.

Marissa Cowan

Vice President of Youth Development

(415) 452-7576

Marissa grew up in the Y, has been a part of the Y family for more than two decades and part of the YMCA of San Francisco since 2016.