SUMMIT, NJ - Anjali Rao McCormick, whose innovation and results-oriented leadership style as Senior Vice President, Chief Operations Officer helped facilitate the growth of the Summit Area YMCA and its four locations in both Summit and Berkeley Heights, has been named Chief Executive Officer of the Westport (CT) Weston Family YMCA.
A cum laude Harvard University and NYU’s Stern School of Business graduate, McCormick joined the Summit Area YMCA (SAY) as a Director of Marketing in 2011, and served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for the past six years, playing a key role in furthering its mission, expanding partnerships, enhancing quality and increasing revenue, including the success of the brand new 40,000 square foot $17 million Berkeley Heights YMCA that opened in 2020.
“We are incredibly fortunate to have identified and hired a true transformational leader whose community focus, talent, and vision will ensure our viability for the next hundred years,” said Westport Weston Family YMCA’s Board President, Jonathan Manela.
While the SAY’s loss is Westport’s gain, the entire team at the Summit Area YMCA is proud of her accomplishment. “The legacy she helped build here, high standards of operations, quality of service, level of integrity and strategic planning while pushing the needle will continue to pave the way for the future success of our Y” said Summit Area YMCA’s President & CEO, Paul Kieltyka.
Breaking glass ceilings, McCormick's professional evolution within the YMCA organization has been -- and is -- inspiring.
"After the birth of my second child, I stopped working full time and soon thereafter moved to Summit from New York City. It was at the Y that I first found community in Summit," said McCormick. "In addition to meeting new people and making friends, the Y offered a welcoming environment to help me stay healthy and in shape. Since then, my children enrolled in numerous swim and sports clinics, played Youth Soccer and Basketball, enjoyed summer day camp, and celebrated birthday parties at the Y. I love that the Y is literally and figuratively the center of our community and that its mission for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility so closely aligns with many of the things I consider important."
Her dedication to public service and community involvement also flourished in Summit, where she raised her three children and became an active volunteer of the Summit Public Schools Enrichment and Sports Programs, St. Teresa of Avila Parish, the City of Summit, Summit Republican Committee and more.
One of the area’s leading 501(c)(3) charitable organizations, the Summit Area YMCA was founded in 1886 and has a history steeped in working side-by-side with the community's neighbors to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income and background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.
The SAY annually provides free and fee-based programs and services to more than 15,000 individuals at its four locations with in an area spanning the communities of Berkeley Heights, Gillette, Millburn, New Providence, Short Hills, Springfield, Stirling and Summit. Through the generosity of its members, donors, and partners, the SAY is able to offer financial assistance for its programs and services to participants with demonstrated need.
To learn more, visit thesay.org.