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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

Eli Cardenas, Executive Director
Cheryl Tatmon-Brown, Senior Director of Administrative Services
Tariq Norris, Regional Youth & Family Director Metropolitan Oakland
Caitlin La Fleur, Director of Youth & Family Programs
Erin Lucas, Director of Aquatics
Kaylan LiCausi, Director of Membership
Emanuel Hayden, Associate Director of Facilities

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
Veronica Allen
Elisa Arevelo

Our Community Partners

We are proud of our partnerships with:




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