The Y in Central Maryland has expanded its senior leadership team with the promotion of Michelle Becote-Jackson to chief social responsibility officer, Bertram L. Lawson II as senior vice president, operations and Rob Gray as vice president of operations and property management.
Becote-Jackson will take on a newly created role as CSRO and provide strategic leadership in defining and advancing the Y’s social responsibility initiatives both in the community and across the organization. Working with both the Y leadership and board of directors, she will help ensure the Y’s mission is being fulfilled and that diversity, inclusion, supporting responsible public policies, volunteerism and creating real impact in the community are at the heart of the organization. Becote-Jackson is uniquely qualified for this new role with over a decade of experience leading the growth and innovation of the Y’s youth development programs.
Lawson’s 20-year career at the Philadelphia Freedom Valley Y has spanned operational, membership, grant delivery, partnership, fundraising and program development work. Most recently, he directly supervised six executive directors and three association department heads and was responsible for a budget portfolio exceeding $32 million. In his role as senior vice president of operations, Lawson will provide operational leadership for the Y’s Baltimore City health and wellness operations, Baltimore County swim centers, mentoring, school partnerships and camp programs. Lawson is a native of North Philadelphia and received his bachelor’s degree from Lincoln University.
Gray has served in leadership roles in Louisville, Kentucky; Nashville, Tennessee and most recently Tampa, Florida throughout his 31-year Y career. He brings extensive operational, membership, program, fundraising, board development and property management experience to the Y in Central Maryland. In his role as vice president of operations and property management, Gray will provide operational leadership for the Dancel Y in Ellicott City and for the Y in Catonsville and serve as the Dancel Y’s senior leader. He will also oversee all of the Y’s property management functions.
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