Kim Harty joined the Granite YMCA as its new executive director at the end of the summer, returning to New England from Florida — and resuming her career overseeing a YMCA – just in time for a New England winter.
“I’m a New England girl, not a Florida girl,” said Harty, who also missed the rewarding work at the Y. “I also wanted to come back to the Y because I really missed it.”
Before taking on her new role, Harty served in similar positions in Hartford, Connecticut and Bar Harbor, Maine, and also has experience running an arts center. That experience, she said, showed her the impact that organizations and people working together can have on a community.
“No one organization can change a community, but if organizations that each have their strengths come together and work together, that’s where change can happen,” she said. “[And] the people that are engaged in this town are really really, truly engaged and really care.”
Her top priority as she rounds out her first few months on the job, has been working to develop her association’s strategic plan, and building connections in the community and understanding what role she and the Y can play in supporting the city.
“That work has me getting out and getting to know community leaders, as well as finding out the needs we have and haven’t met, and how we can contribute to a better community,” Harty said.
“Kim has already made great strides in showing her commitment to being an engaged community partner,” Rochester Economic Development Specialist Jenn Marsh said. “We’re extremely excited that she’s here and looking forward to the Granite YMCA making an even bigger impact on our residents with her leadership.”