Michelle T. Edgerton is the Executive Vice President of Mission Advancement 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 leading philanthropy, marketing and communications. Prior to joining the Y, Edgerton held leadership positions at community-focused organizations including chief development officer for United States of Care, chief advancement officer for Northside Achievement Zone, and chief advancement officer for The Family Partnership. In 2019, she founded The Edgerton Group, an innovative, strategic fundraising and organizational development consulting firm. Edgerton holds a Master of Arts degree in Leadership from Augsburg University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion from Wake Forest University and is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary. She serves as the Immediate Past President of the board of directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) – Minnesota Chapter and is the Vice President of External Affairs on the Global Board of Directors for AFP.

Why the Y?

“I have always been a fan of the Y. My children took swimming lessons at our local Y and my oldest son attended a YMCA Day Camp. Moving to Minnesota and connecting with the Y felt like reuniting with family. And, for us, it was the only family that we had in the state. The Y is a trusted community partner – and family to many - that responds to the needs of our community – big and small.

Over the past five years, the Y has become a beacon for leading the community in equity educational and enrichment experiences. The impact is phenomenal! The Equity Innovation Center is driving sustainable change. Touring the center and engaging in its various learning opportunities cemented my why the Y!

It is evident that the Y accepts its role as a leader in social responsibility and I am honored to serve with the team. The Center is helping individuals and organizations on their equity journeys. For example, learn more about how the City of Edina is working on creating a more inclusive city and realizing its vision to be the best community for all to live, visit and do business.

This work is why I chose the Y as the place for me to live out my commitment to equity. It inspires and encourages me to hope for a better future for all.”