YMCA of Greater Houston is thrilled to announce the hiring of Kelly P. Hodges as Executive Director at the Houston Texans YMCA. She began her role in October and brings over 15 years of experience in the areas of nonprofit management, fund development, community mobilization, capacity building, communications, public health and advocacy.

Hodges has served as the Senior Director of Health Equity for the American Heart Association, Southwest Affiliate. In this role she was responsible for strategically fulfilling the health impact goals in high-risk communities in Dallas, Ft. Worth and Houston. Her focus areas of hypertension, nutrition, obesity, and physical activity are of great value to the Y.

Additionally, she served as Director of Strategic Partnerships and National Programs for Sisters Network Inc., the only national African American breast cancer survivorship organization.  Capitalizing on her effective communications skills and a strong desire to help those faced with multiple barriers, she provided leadership and focused direction to national education and outreach programs implemented by Sisters Network® Inc. and its affiliate chapters. In her role as a program coordinator at the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Center for Research on Minority Health, Hodges was responsible for the advisement and development of educational programs regarding health disparities and cancer awareness amongst minority populations.

Her many accolades include a feature as one of the Top 50 Black Health and Wellness Professional by D-Mars Magazine, recognition by the Ivy League Education Charities Foundation for Outstanding Community Service, and she was honored by the YMCA of Greater Houston as a Minority Achiever for her outstanding service in the Houston community in 2010.

Along with her many accomplishments and accolades across the Greater Houston Area, she brings a passion for the communities the Houston Texans Y serves.

“I’m very excited to lend my time and talents to one of the most prestigious nonprofits in the world. The Houston Texans YMCA is a hidden jewel nestled in a very diverse community. As the Center Executive Director, I’m looking forward to working side by side with individuals that have a vested interest in serving several of the most historic communities in the Houston area: Third Ward, Sunny Side, and the East End as we promote youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.”

“Kelly is a tremendous asset to the Houston Texans Y and to our community at-large,” said District Executive Director Jon Kidwell, “Her expertise will prove invaluable to our organization and the people she comes in contact with every day.”