Senior Lecturer

Martin Englisher

Martin G. Englisher, 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. Over the years, Mr. Englisher’s visionary leadership of the Y has been a positive force for the community, steering programs 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. He is frequently asked to consult with elected officials, government agencies and the New York Police Department. Under his leadership, the Y has developed outstanding services at multiple locations in Manhattan for neighborhood families, including diverse youth programs, accessible social services in three different languages, workforce development for local teens, and a housing facility for senior citizens and the mobility impaired, the Wien House. In 2012, Mr. Englisher was awarded the NYC Small Business Services Award for Leadership from the Mayor of the City of New York, as a person who has significantly impacted a community over a lifetime. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and meetings both locally and nationally and a coach to newer CEOs joining the field. During the pandemic, he was instrumental in mentoring nonprofit CEOs throughout New York to help them stay afloat. Mr. Englisher earned his MBA in Management at Fordham University.