“The YMCA is such a big part of my family, and I look forward to working with the board of directors, the community and the staff to create a vision and plan to lead the YMCA of Greater Long Beach and realize its fullest potential as a dynamic and premier YMCA,” he said.
Velasco grew up in the Los Angeles area and is a graduate of UCLA, where he was an All-American place kicker on the football team.
Craig Dougherty, chair of the YMCA Board of Directors, said, “Velasco is exactly the right person to lead our Y during this important point in our history. He brings us creativity, energy and charisma with an impressive background and track record with the YMCA.”
During his tenure in San Diego, Velasco: saw the membership, program and participant base double; retired an inherited operating debt in two years; and produced eight consecutive years of year-end branch operating surpluses, according to the YMCA of Greater Long Beach. He was also responsible for leading and raising funds for capital expansion projects, which included a gymnastics facility, indoor roller hockey arena and aquatics complex.
Velasco enjoys competing in triathlons and traveling with his wife and three children. He has a history of community involvement serving as the president of the Escondido Rotary Club and as the board chair of the Escondido Chamber of Commerce. Velasco replaces Jason Hagensick, who joined the national office of the YMCA after more than 10 years with the YMCA of Greater Long Beach.