Greg Waibel is the chief operating officer for the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. He is responsible for providing strategic direction and operational oversight for 28 Y locations and program sites, seven overnight camps, 10 day camps and more than 90 child care sites that engage nearly a quarter million men, women and children of all ages, incomes and backgrounds. He has previously served as chief financial officer for the Y. Prior to joining the Y, Greg served as general manager for South American operations for Becker Underwood, president for the seed enhancements division of Land O’Lakes, and public accountant at Arthur Andersen and KPMG Peat Marwick. Greg holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of St. Thomas and an MBA in finance and strategic management from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. He received the CFO of the Year Award from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal in 2009 and 2013.

Why the Y?

“I became a member of the Blaisdell Y in Minneapolis in 1992 and saw firsthand how the Y provides programs to meet diverse community needs. I’ve always been inspired by the Y’s power to transform lives, especially the lives of young people.

The Y’s Youth Intervention Services work is a perfect example. In Minnesota, approximately 2,000 youth age out of the foster care system each year, and 38 percent do not have a plan to get health insurance, a job, housing or a driver’s license. Additionally, as many as 4,000 youth experience homelessness on any given night with fewer than 100 youth shelter beds available. That’s where YMCA Youth Intervention Services steps in, providing support to young people facing barriers and filling an important need in both urban and suburban areas of the Twin Cities.

One outstanding example of this team’s impact is Jermeisha’s Story, which shows how the Y helped a young single mother thrive in extended foster care. Stories like Jermeisha’s are why I am honored to serve the Y – so that our programs and services can continue to make a meaningful, enduring impact in our community.”