Anita Lancello Bydlon is the chief real estate development officer for the YMCA of the North, a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. She is responsible for oversight of the YMCA real estate portfolio and leads new development and project management of the association’s sites, including membership facilities, camps, child care sites and program sites. Prior to joining the Y, Anita held operations and club development leadership positions at Northwest Racquet and Swim Clubs. Anita holds a bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University in Mankato and a certificate in nonprofit management from the University of St. Thomas. 

Why the Y?

“I first connected with the Y as a fitness and membership director at the Blaisdell location in Minneapolis in 1987. As my career evolved and my role became leading real estate and development, I’ve learned that real estate is so much more than land and facilities – it is the platform where the mission work I saw every day in the branch comes alive. Every day my team partners with communities to develop opportunities for more people to experience the depth and breadth of the Y’s work.

Because my formal education is in health and wellness, I’ve always been inspired by the Y’s healthy living focus. The Y helps everyone from kids to seniors take care of their bodies through fitness, nutrition and mind-body programs that build strength and self-confidence. These programs have social benefits, too – many of our members find lifelong friendships at the Y.

Beverly’s Story is one example of the transformative impact of the Y’s programs – she started attending group exercise classes after she retired. Beverly has Parkinson’s disease, but the variety of activities available at the Y help her stay fit and healthy. She’s formed relationships with many Y members and team members, and she volunteers regularly at the branch – in short, the Y is her community. With a wide variety of opportunities to choose from, the Y is truly a place for people of all backgrounds to come together and build strength in spirit, mind and body.”