November 2018

Jennifer Ryan Safsel Named New Rochelle YMCA CEO

The New Rochelle YMCA has named longtime Westchester resident Jennifer Ryan Safsel as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective November 5, 2018. She will be responsible for taking the lead on the Y’s fundraising initiatives, staff development, membership, and will work to continue to develop youth and family programming.

Jennifer comes to the New Rochelle YMCA after close to six years as Director of Development and Community Relations for Hope’s Door, a domestic violence non-profit serving Westchester County.


Jennifer worked to raise vital funds for programs and services that helped victims of domestic violence and their children live healthier lives. Some of her accomplishments at Hope’s Door included: revamping their external communications; spearheading their recent office relocation campaign; creating important individual, corporate, and foundation partnerships; advocating for program funding from New York State and Westchester County government; and expanding their Board and Advisory Board. Prior to working for Hope’s Door, Jennifer ran her own public affairs consulting company and held numerous government related positions in Washington, DC. Jennifer received her BA from Syracuse University in policy studies. In addition, Jennifer is currently a member of the Westchester’s Women Agenda and the Business Council of Westchester.


“During our search for a new CEO, we looked at candidates from throughout the country, but Jennifer stood out among the rest. Her energy, extensive experience in fundraising and communications, and her vision for the New Rochelle YMCA is exactly what we were looking for in a leader,” said Bram Fierstein, Search Committee Chair of New Rochelle YMCA’s Board of Directors. “Jennifer is well known throughout Westchester County as someone that works hard and gets things done. Given Jennifer’s children learned to swim at our Y, she has a real passion for the YMCA and reaching out to engage the community, as well as promote our core values of healthy living, social responsibility, and youth development. We are convinced that the New Rochelle YMCA will have a successful and effective leader for years to come.”


“I am thrilled to join the New Rochelle Family YMCA” said Jennifer Ryan Safsel. “I am looking forward to bringing all my energy, experience, and contacts to our Y team to help make it thrive. We will be creating new youth in government programs, speaker series, community partnerships, as well as revamping our facility to improve member services.”


To get involved with the New Rochelle YMCA’s efforts, contact Jennifer at



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