Peabody, MA [April 1, 2024] – The YMCA of Metro North is excited to announce the appointment of Amy Turner as the new Chief of Staff. With over three decades of dedicated service to the YMCA, Turner brings a wealth of experience and a passion for community engagement to her new role.

In her capacity as Chief of Staff, Turner will provide invaluable leadership to association strategy, operational excellence and in the development and retention of staff members. Her extensive background in various leadership roles within the YMCA network positions her as a dynamic asset to the organization.

Prior to joining the YMCA of Metro North, Turner served as the Chief Program Officer and Executive Vice President of Operations for the YMCA of Greater Boston. During her tenure, she spearheaded numerous initiatives that significantly impacted the community, including the expansion of programs, enhancement of staff credentials, and the implementation of safety measures.

Notably, Turner’s leadership led to remarkable achievements such as a 30% growth in programming, accreditation of all camps by the American Camp Association, and a 200% increase in the Y’s summer learning program. Her dedication to excellence and innovation has earned her numerous service awards, including the prestigious Woburn Business Association’s Humanitarian of the Year Award.

Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of the North Suburban YMCA in Woburn, hosting over 10,000 members annually.  Under her leadership, the early education and after-school programs at the North Suburban Y were recognized by the City of Boston, achieved NAEYC accreditation, and consistently demonstrated the ability to connect family and community in an innovative way.  She also provided leadership to the Y of Greater Boston’s Aquatic Safety and Quality Initiative.  Her efforts led to daily, weekly, and monthly safety audits, enhanced training, improved emergency response times, and a strategy for exceptional delivery of swim instructional programs to the over 100,000 children and families that visit the YMCA of Greater Boston.

“I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work with the YMCA of Metro North community,” says Turner.

Reflecting on her early experiences with the YMCA, Turner credits her time as an AmeriCorps Fellow for igniting her passion for community service. Since then, she has been committed to making a positive difference in the lives of others, a commitment that continues to drive her work today.

Outside of her professional endeavors, Turner enjoys spending quality time with her family, including her husband, Paul, and two daughters, Kathryn and Sarah. Together, they embrace outdoor adventures such as skiing, boating, and traveling.

“Amy has been an admired colleague for the past three decades, and the opportunity to work with her is extremely exciting,” said Kathleen Walsh, President and CEO of the YMCA of Metro North. “Her skills and successful track will align perfectly with our strategic goals for the next decade. And her attention to detail and sense of humor will add to her contribution as a senior leader in our organization! We look forward to the positive impact she will make in advancing our mission and serving the community.”