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About · Downtown Oakland YMCA


Membership, Mother and DaughterThe Y is a powerful association of men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life joined together by a shared passion: to strengthen the foundations of community. Whether it’s learning something new, working out with friends, or spending quality time with your family, we’re here for you. Welcome to the Downtown Oakland YMCA.

We’ve operated at our current location for 30 years, but our history in Oakland goes back to 1910. That’s when we opened on Telegraph Avenue, offering housing, sports, recreation, language instruction and character development for young men. Our expansive fitness center on Broadway is the result of a five-year planning and community fundraising process dating from the 1980's. Renovations have turned the Downtown Oakland YMCA into a state-of-the-art facility, ready to serve the changing needs of the hundreds of individuals and families of diverse backgrounds from Oakland, Alameda, Piedmont, Montclair and Emeryville.

Our Leadership



Kathleen Gushoney, VP/Regional Executive Director

Kathleen Gushoney brings a commitment to community development, health and well-being to her work as executive director of the Downtown Oakland YMCA. She previously served as associate executive director of the Shih Yu-Lang Central YMCA in San Francisco. Gushoney also held a management position at San Francisco's Friendship House, a transitional housing and substance abuse recovery program. She graduated from the University of Dayton and earned a master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry and Social Work from Boston College.

Senior Staff

Debbie Espinosa, Associate Executive Director
Cheryl Tatmon-Brown, Regional Director of Administrative Services
Caitlin La Fleur, Director of Youth & Family Programs
Tariq Norris, Regional Youth & Family Director Metropolitan Oakland
Jared Amgott-Kwan, Director of Health & Strategic Initiatives
Erin Lucas, Director of Aquatics
Tiffany Hunter, Regional Director of Community Health
Kara Galindo, Director of Membership
Lyla Pehrson, Associate Director of Health & Wellness
Emanuel Hayden, Associate Director of Maintenance

Our Board of Managers


Amal Johnson, Board Chair
Dr. Nailah Thompson, Vice Chair
Kai Carter, Secretary
Angela Anderson
Anthony Byers
Jerry Michaels, PhD
Annetta Pearson
Alec Randall
Lori Takeuchi
Jerry Wolfe

Our Community Partners



We are proud of our partnerships with:

FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

FOR HEALTHY LIVING

FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

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