George McCrary is the executive vice president for People and Culture for the YMCA of the North, a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. He is responsible for developing and executing human resources and diversity, equity and inclusion strategies in support of the mission, business plan and strategic direction for the Y by ensuring there is a focus on diversity, inclusion and belonging in all internal policies, processes and practices. McCrary holds the organization accountable to our core values and to being multicultural, anti-racist and anti-oppressive. In addition, he proactively seeks partnerships with individuals and organizations working to advance opportunities and social justice for marginalized people and groups.

Prior to joining the Y, McCrary held leadership positions at the Detroit Zoo and several Fortune 500 retail companies including Target, Walmart and Kmart. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Maine and is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources. He has served as a YMCA Youth Achievement Program Board Member and is the proud father of four daughters and one granddaughter.

Why the Y?

I am blown away by the energy, passion and spirit our team shows in helping young people prepare for the world. So many children today – especially within the inner-city BIPOC community – face unbelievable challenges. Through our mission, vision and strong core values, the Y enables those we serve to reach their full potential and that can have a huge and lasting impact on individuals, families and communities. I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to serve daily.

Jermeisha’s story really speaks to me about this impact and how our programs can change a person’s life. By providing stability, support, mentorship and encouragement, and by removing barriers to success through our Youth and Families programs and services, young people in our communities can evolve from being dependent to independent and from self-conscious to self-assured members of society. The Y is such a blessing to our community in countless ways, and I’m so proud to be a part of it.