YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles Elects Alan C. Hostrup President and CEO

Dec 07, 2010, 19:00 ET from YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles

Hostrup to Assume New Office Effective February 1, 2011

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 7, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles Board of Directors elected Alan C. Hostrup as President and Chief Executive Officer, a post he will assume following the retirement of Larry M. Rosen on January 3, 2011.

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Hostrup has spent his entire 34-year career with the YMCA, most recently as President and Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of Greater Long Beach.  He spent his first 25 years with the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles where he was the Executive Director of several branches before taking on the role of Senior Vice President, Branch Financial Development & Branch Operations.

"Alan's dedication and lifelong belief in the impact of the Y, his innovative work in youth development programs, along with his focus on fiscal responsibility and increased fundraising efforts made him the perfect person for the job," said W.J. Ellison, Chair of the Board of Directors, who led a yearlong, comprehensive search for the position.

"As we considered candidates, there was simply no one who could compare to Alan in terms of breadth of experience, dynamic leadership skills and passion for the Y. We feel extremely confident in his ability to lead the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles into the future as a cause-driven organization focused on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility."

Hostrup got his start as a Senior Program Director at the Westside Family YMCA in 1976 and in 1982 had the opportunity to oversee the South Pasadena San Marino YMCA as Executive Director. After six years at South Pasadena, he took an Executive Director position with the inner city Hollywood Wilshire YMCA.

From Hollywood, Hostrup transitioned into a Senior Vice President role in the L.A. Association overseeing branch operations and financial development for 25 branches. Since 2001, he has served as President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Long Beach overseeing six branches, 35 after school enrichment centers, 10 preschools and a resident camp, supported by seven Boards, 600 staff and over 900 volunteers.

Long Beach and surrounding cities are some of the nation's most diverse and economically disadvantaged communities in America. During Hostrup's tenure, he grew revenue by nearly 20% and directed the Association's first capital campaign in 35 years, raising over $13 million. The Long Beach Y's Youth Institute – developed during Hostrup's leadership – boasts a 91% graduation rate from college and 100% graduation rate from high school.

Hostrup has a strong commitment to continue the youth development work he started in Long Beach. "Recently, a kid told me 'The Y does not teach me to love school, but to love learning.' I could not say it better myself. I want to expand the work of the L.A. Y in all of its diverse communities. To serve as President and CEO is truly the dream job for me."

About the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles

Established in 1882, the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles is a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across 100 miles of Los Angeles County, from San Pedro to Antelope Valley, 23 Ys engage nearly half a million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation's health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Thanks to the L.A. Y's donors, policy-making volunteers and program volunteers, no one is turned away from the YMCA for inability to pay. Approximately 25% of member families receive financial assistance, with subsidies as high as 95%. With long-standing relationships and physical presence the Y is able to not just promise, but to deliver lasting personal and social change.

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