Emilio Sosa to Head YMCA
From Issue: Volume XXI - Number 26
After a nationwide search, Emilio Sosa has been selected as the senior executive director of the Weingart-Lakewood Family YMCA. Emilio has had a successful career leading the Early Childhood Education (ECE) department of the YMCA of Greater Long Beach and will bring excellence in program operations, staff development, community involvement and fundraising experience to the Lakewood community.
Beginning early 2014, Sosa will oversee the Weingart-Lakewood Family YMCA expansion and renovation. The anticipated nine month project will feature a new building design and layout that will increase the visibility and accessibility of all program areas and member gathering places. The new design will renovate the existing 25,000 square feet and add approximately 10,000 square feet with two additional group exercise rooms, a new Family Adventure Center, new family changing areas, doubled kids’ club space and increased space for cardio and strength training equipment.
Sosa served as the Early Childhood Education Executive Director for the YMCA of Greater Long Beach since July 2007. At the ECE, Sosa has developed, managed and increased an annual operating budget from $1.2 million dollars in 2008 to $3.4 million dollars in 2013. Furthermore, he has increased program facilities from five sites serving approximately 300 children in 2007 to nine sites serving approximately 600 children in 2013. Sosa has also grown Annual Giving Campaign donations from $15,000 in 2009 to $48,000 in 2013.
Sosa’s accomplishments include bridging traditional branch programs to ECE families through cross marketing, resulting in swimming lessons for over 100 ECE children at the Fairfield Family YMCA, and a family camp experience for preschool parents and their children at YMCA Camp Oakes, funded by 2013 Annual Giving Campaign donations.