Kim Benzan hired as Chief Operating Officer | West Suburban YMCA

Kimberly Benzan Named Chief Operating Officer of West Suburban YMCA

Apr 28, 2020

Newton, Massachusetts – The West Suburban YMCA has appointed Kimberly Benzan as its new Chief Operating Officer. Benzan was promoted to the role of Chief Operating Officer in mid-March and has been an indispensable part of the Y’s organizational response and management during the coronavirus pandemic.

Before her promotion to Chief Operating Officer, Benzan spent two years as the Y’s Senior Program Director, during which she exceeded budgetary goals for all five program departments under her management and oversaw the implementation of several new initiatives including a girl’s empowerment program, a free water safety event series, and a club model afterschool program. Prior to that, Benzan served for three years as the Sports Director at the Y. In that capacity, she created both Adaptive and Inclusion sports programming for children and young adults with diverse abilities. In addition, Kim expanded the menu of sports offerings to include lacrosse (girls and boys), girls basketball, and pickleball, to name a few.

A dynamic and effective collaborator, Benzan has introduced partnerships with many local organizations while working at the West Suburban YMCA, including the Special Olympics, Second Step, Boston College, Jr. NBA, Deafinitely Dance Program, and many others.

“Under Kim’s leadership, our programs have grown in quality, staff development, financial development, community relations, innovation, inclusion and collaborations,” stated President and CEO, Jack Fucci. “Kim uses her personal experiences as a Y kid, Y member and Y parent to inform her approach to service. We’re excited to have her in this new role.”

Benzan holds a master’s degree in Education from Tufts University, and a law degree from Suffolk University. Prior to working at the West Suburban YMCA, she spent 13 years as an attorney at the firm Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glosvsky and Popeo P.C. A coach at heart, Benzan also founded and operated a very successful club basketball program for several years. Benzan’s diverse 

professional experience will be an asset in upholding operational excellence across all facets of the organization and furthering the Y’s mission to strengthen the community.

About the West Suburban YMCA

The West Suburban YMCA is a charitable non-profit organization that has been a fixture in the Newton community for over 140 years. The Y is committed to strengthening the foundations of the community by supporting youth development, healthy living and social responsibility for all.