May 25, 2018
YMCA of Greater Boston Adds to Development, MarCom Team

Julie Lima, left, and Irene Collins
January 29, 2017 — The YMCA of Greater Boston, based in Boston, recently announced that it has named Julie Lima as senior vice president and chief development officer and Irene Collins as vice president of marketing and communications.

James Morton, CEO and president of the YMCA of Greater Boston, said, “The YMCA of Greater Boston prides itself on attracting top talent to communicate our commitment of youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility—the Y’s areas of focus—and continuing to strengthen the community.

“Julie has incredibly impressive fundraising credentials, leadership skills, and a phenomenal knowledge of the Boston area philanthropic landscape. We are fortunate to have her join our leadership team.”

He added, "It’s our goal to promote from within, and we are excited to see Irene thrive in this new role and apply her skillset to continue to positively impact the YMCA community.”

For the last six years, Lima was vice president of development for Cradles to Crayons where she served as chief strategist for fund development and as an advisor to the national and Boston boards. The YMCA also has a partnership with Cradles to Crayons, working together for the children of the Greater Boston area.

Lima has more than 18 years of development experience in the Greater Boston area. Prior to her position at Cradles to Crayons, Lima was the director of leadership gifts at the Pine Street Inn for four years.

She has also held leadership positions at the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange and the Massachusetts Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Stonehill College and a Master of Social Work degree from Boston College.

For the year ending Dec. 31, 2015, the YMCA of Greater Boston reported $71.1 million in revenue, of which $5.9 million came from contributions and grants, and $69.8 million in expenses, according to its most recently available federal tax filing.

A YMCA veteran, Collins was most recently executive director of the Burbank YMCA in Reading. During her four years at the Burbank branch, Collins grew membership, engaged a board of advisors that increased the branch annual campaign to more than $200,000 per year to deepen the Y’s impact in the communities it served.

Collins was named “Rookie of the Year” by the Association for YMCA Professionals in 2013. She serves on the Massachusetts Early Education and Care Advisory committee and was recently recognized by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women as an “Unsung Heroine of 2016” for her service to the community. Prior to the Burbank YMCA, Collins was executive director of the Reading-North Reading Chamber of Commerce, where she represented local businesses in government affairs and developed strategic communications and marketing campaigns to promote buying locally. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in communications from Western Michigan University.

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