Judy Blaseg is the chief development officer for the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. She is responsible for providing leadership for fundraising strategy in support of the Y’s philanthropic work. Before joining the Y, Judy was executive vice president of philanthropy at Ecumen, owned a consulting firm and worked for Catholic Charities and members of Congress. She holds a degree in political science from Northern State University in South Dakota. Judy currently serves on the Hennepin Theater Trust and Artsage boards. She previously served on the board at Mill City Summer Opera, Planned Parenthood of Minnesota and South Dakota, Citizens League, St. Thomas the Apostle Church, DeLaSalle High School, MinnPost and several other nonprofits.
Why the Y?
“I joined the Y in 2016 to help advance our mission and serve as many Twin Cities community members as possible. It has been amazing to see all the ways our Y helps people thrive in each stage of life. I feel a particularly deep connection to our camps, since I’ve seen my own children reap the benefits of meaningful outdoor experiences at the Y.
The Y offers engaging programs at 10 day camps and seven resident camps to combat summer learning loss and to give kids, teens and families opportunities to develop new skills and enjoy the great outdoors. Campers stay active while building character, confidence and lifelong friendships.
Through the generosity of donors, the Y is able to remove financial barriers so that all can participate in these transformative experiences – like Demetrius’ Story, for example. He grew up facing many challenges, including losing two siblings to gang violence. He took advantage of a scholarship opportunity to attend Camp St. Croix, and he came back each summer to learn and grow. Today, he works as a counselor inspiring the next generation of campers to become leaders – just like him. When the Y helps provide access to these opportunities for young people like Demetrius, we unlock the potential of everyone in our community – so all can thrive.”