Martin G. Englisher, Executive Vice President & CEO of the YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood (the “Y”), grew up down the block from the organization he has led since 1981, having previously served as a staff members since 1972. Over the years, Mr. Englisher’s visionary leadership of the Y has been a positive force for the community, especially as he steered programming to serve the needs of a diverse and evolving neighborhood. His approach has always been to be an active visible leader in the community and has positioned the Y as a key player at many tables. Under his leadership, the Y has developed outstanding services for neighborhood families, including extracurricular youth programs, accessible social services in three different languages, and the federally-funded construction of a housing facility for senior citizens, the Wien House. In 2011, the Y was selected by NYC Department for the Aging (DFTA) as one of only eight organizations to receive funding to operate an Innovative Senior Center, which is now called the Y’s center for Adults Living Well. In 2012, Mr. Englisher was awarded the NYC Small Business Services Award for Leadership from the Mayor, as a person who has significantly impacted a community over a lifetime. As a testament to his commitment to the community as well as the Y itself, Mr. Englisher has mentored countless local neighborhood youth to help them build a work ethic to see them successfully through their education and careers including many who are playing major roles in law enforcement with the NYPD.