A Conversation With Cape Ann YMCA Executive Director Erina McWilliams-Lopez

From Chris Lovasco’s Announcement:

I’m excited to announce that we have completed our four-month-long Executive Search process. We were thrilled with the caliber of applicants we interviewed from our local area as well as across the country. It is my great pleasure to share with you that Erina McWilliam-Lopez has accepted the role of Executive Director of the Cape Ann YMCA, beginning July 11, 2022.

Many of you may be familiar with Erina as the creator and owner of Bliss Bites Cafe at our Y. This was where we were first introduced to Erina’s entrepreneurial talents, dedication to socially responsible business, and passion for community. Erina has more than a decade of professional experience successfully developing and implementing social impact programming for institutions including The Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Silicon Valley, Lynn University in Boca Raton Florida, and the Intentional Endowments Network in Greater Boston.  

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Salem State University and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey California.

Having grown up in Gloucester, Erina is a part of our community. She lives and understands the importance of our Y core values, mission, commitment to healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility. She has enthusiasm, optimism, and passion for Cape Ann and is ready to inspire, engage and support our members, staff, and program participants while leading our Y forward.

Erina lives in Cape Ann with her husband and two children. When she’s not thinking big and creating impact, she enjoys reading, playing soccer with her son, and doing as many group exercise classes at the Y as possible!

Please join me in welcoming Erina to the Cape Ann YMCA team.

Chris Lovasco
President & CEO
YMCA of the North Shore

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