Home » NEWS » Metropolitan YMCAs of Mississippi names first female CEO in history

Metropolitan YMCAs of Mississippi names first female CEO in history

Jara Miller

The Metropolitan YMCAs of Mississippi named Jara Miller the organization’s permanent leader. This announcement comes after many changes in leadership and structure have taken place for the organization over the last year. During that change, Miller has remained a consistent leader where she has worked to ensure the organizations fiscal health and future security. This appointment makes Miller the first female CEO in the Mississippi organization’s 112 year history.

Speaking on behalf of the Board of Directors, Chairman Brad Wilkinson said, “The Board is very excited to continue working with Jara in her new role. Her leadership, dedication and commitment to the YMCA, positions the organization for future growth and success.

Miller says, “I am so grateful to the board of directors for their continued support and faith in me. I look forward to leading this organization that is committed to improving lives of those in our own community. Integrity and quality are my priority. The Y is commiting to building lasting relationships with our program participants, members and the community as a whole. I am dedicated to serving, fostering parternerships and connecting people. Our Y’s are are more than gyms they are a cause that enables others to serve as well.”

Miller has served in many roles during her 14 years with the local YMCA. She has served as an Executive Director, VP of Family and Children Services, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Miller successfully expanded the organization’s grant-based programs and “Y’s Without Walls” programs from serving 3 communities to currently serving 12 counties throughout the state.

While Miller’s background is based in Economics, she says her focus is “on safety and service over savings”. “We have the opportunity to change the course of the YMCA and to build a better future to continue our legacy for the next 150 years. To do that, we have to listen to the community and build the Y around community needs. If you don’t have the people – all you have are buildings.”

BEFORE YOU GO…

… we’d like to ask for your support. More people are reading the Mississippi Business Journal than ever before, but advertising revenues for all conventional media are falling fast. Unlike many, we do not use a pay wall, because we want to continue providing Mississippi’s most comprehensive business news each and every day. But that takes time, money and hard work. We do it because it is important to us … and equally important to you, if you value the flow of trustworthy news and information which have always kept America strong and free for more than 200 years.

If those who read our content will help fund it, we can continue to bring you the very best in news and information. Please consider joining us as a valued member, or if you prefer, make a one-time contribution.

Click for more info

About MBJ Staff

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*