YMCA of Superior California

Sharna Braucks Hired as President & CEO of YMCA of Superior California

Published 09.30.19


Sacramento, CA
– The YMCA of Superior California Board announced today that Sharna Braucks will become the new President & CEO for the association. The hiring of Braucks concludes a six-month search for the position of President & CEO by the CEO Search Committee.

“After conducting a very thorough and exhaustive search for the next leader of our Y, the Board is very excited to have found Sharna Braucks” said Erin K. McDonough, Board Chair, YMCA of Superior California. “Sharna brings with her the experience, energy and vision that we sought in our new CEO and we look forward to working with Sharna to bring new changes to the Y that will assist us in making a greater impact in the communities we serve.”

Braucks has served many roles during her 22-year career with the YMCA. Most recently she served as Special Projects Lead for the YMCA of the Chippewa Valley in Eau Claire, Wisconsin where she oversaw the merger of four separate organizations into one. Previous to the Chippewa Valley YMCA, Braucks served as the Chief Operations Officer of the Greater Green Bay YMCA in Green Bay, Wisconsin where she revitalized their membership, growing it by 5%, and increased programming revenue in some areas by over 17%. Braucks’ YMCA career started with the YMCA of Greater Twin Cities in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she served for 20 years. During that time, she created innovative programs and partnerships that impacted thousands of families as well as cultivating donors and partners with the end result of building YMCAs in new service areas.

Braucks will become the third President & CEO of the YMCA of Superior California, and first woman to serve in the position. Previous to the creation of the YMCA of Superior California, the YMCA of Greater Sacramento never had a woman serve in the role of Chief Executive going back to 1866. Braucks will officially start on the job on October 21 after moving to the Sacramento area from Minnesota with her husband Darren, daughter Sanora, and her mother Sarona.

“I am enthusiastic about the great opportunities for growth for this YMCA” said Sharna Braucks. “It is a Y where I can make an impact and grow roots here with my family.”

The YMCA of Superior California was founded in 2007 after the merger of the Greater Sacramento YMCA, Oroville YMCA, Yolo County YMCA and Yuba-Sutter County YMCA. In 2018, the YMCA of Superior California served 28,459 people in programs such as swim lessons, child care, summer camps, youth sports, gym facility memberships, and community classes. The YMCA of Superior California employs 253 people and is a 501©3 charitable organization serving Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yuba, and Yolo Counties.

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