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About · E M Downer YMCA

The E M Downer Family YMCA is a branch of the West Contra Costa Region of the YMCA of the East Bay. The Y has been serving the greater Richmond community since 1918. We started out as the Richmond YMCA and were part of the Berkeley YMCA. We gained our independence in 1931 and took the name West Contra Costa YMCA. In 1990, we merged with the YMCA of Alameda County to create the YMCA of the East Bay Association.

From our humble beginnings in a small building on MacDonald Avenue, E M Downer Family YMCA in West Contra Costa is today the largest and most diverse branch in the East Bay Association. Our $15 million dollar operation has over 40 program locations which offer licensed early childhood and child development centers, after-school educational and enrichment programs, youth sports clinics and leagues, teen leadership programs, school-based health and mental health counseling services, support for military families and other community services that support and nurture youth and their families.

E M Downer Family YMCA serves all of West Contra Costa County including the cities of Richmond, El Cerrito, San Pablo, Pinole and Hercules as well as a number of unincorporated communities. We also administer child development programs in Alameda, Yolo and Sacramento Counties.

Our Leadership

Senior Staff

Anita Retzinger, Associate Executive Director
Carla Cooper, Director of Early Childcare Education
Regina Felder, Program Director, Child Care
Thomishia Booker, LCSW, EdDCP, Director of Community Health Programs
Candy Souza, Assistant to the Vice President and Regional Executive Director
Shahad Wright, Youth and Family Programs Director

Our Board of Managers


Aaron Winer, Chair
John Wind, Immediate Past-Chair
Donald Honigman, Chair-Elect Carol Frank, Secretary
Steve Barlow, Co-Treasurer
Darrel J Tucker, Co-Treasurer
John Tysell, Board Development Chair
Cherilyn Brunetti, Community Health Chair
Glen Moniz, Hilltop Family YMCA Committee Chair


Syamala Aiyar
Vickie Blomquist
Charlotte Dickert
Nikki Ferguson
Carol Frank
Sylvia Greenwood
Shana Bagley Howe
Everett Jenkins, Jr.
Pamela Jones
Karin Knowles
James Lee
Roberta Quan
Jeff Rothberg
Katrinka Ruk
Alex Sample
Thom Schubert
Chris Shuttlesworth
Cyndie Sprinkel
Daniel Tanita
Kay Yamagata
Gail Yando

Our Community Partners

We are proud of our long list of community partners

Our Funding Sources

In addition to child care and program income, our funding comes from contributions
foundation and non-government grants




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