YMCA of Greater Seattle Welcomes New Leader for Equity & Justice Center of Excellence

Last updated: September 1, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. PT

Originally published: August 11, 2021, at 12:14 p.m. PT

The Y takes a big leap to advance equity and justice for all.

David L. Humphrey Jr., Ph.D.

SEATTLE—To advance our mission to empower all people, especially youth, to reach their fullest potential in spirit, mind, and body, and our pledge to become an anti-racist organization, on October 1, 2020, the Y embarked on a formal commitment to convene community learning conversations, promote health and healing, and advocate for a more equitable future for all communities.

Today, we make a big step in that journey with the addition of David L. Humphrey Jr., Ph.D. (he/him/his) to the YMCA of Greater Seattle (YGS) as our Equity and Justice Officer. In his role, Humphrey will oversee the Equity & Justice Center of Excellence to advance equity and justice for all, starting with ourselves in everything we do and everywhere we do it. Humphrey takes on his new role and joins the YGS Senior Leadership Team effective August 23, 2021.

“I am profoundly grateful for the opportunity to serve,” said Humphrey. “And help both the Y and our strategic community and business partners enact the emancipatory possibilities inherent in pursuing an equitable and just future.”

Humphrey joins YGS from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), School of Education where he served as Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer. At Michigan, he led diversity, inclusion, justice, and equity efforts in areas of climate and intergroup relations, enrollment management, hiring and retention, mentoring, curriculum and teaching, research, service, and professional development. Prior to the University of Michigan, David served as Associate Dean of Student Affairs for Diversity & Inclusion for Pepperdine University.

We look forward to adding Humphrey’s knowledge, experience, and leadership to the Y.


The YMCA of Greater Seattle is the Northwest’s leading nonprofit organization strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Founded in 1876, the Y reaches more than 238,000 people of all backgrounds, abilities and financial circumstances annually through 13 branches, two overnight camps and more than 200 program sites throughout King and south Snohomish counties. It nurtures more than 92,000 kids and teens to develop their gifts and give back to our community and engages 23,000 volunteers who contribute more than 388,000 hours of service each year. Visit seattleymca.org.

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