Dan Wilcox

Dan Wilcox, YMCA of Central Florida, President and CEO

Wilcox succeeds Jim Ferber, also on the Dr. Phillips Charities Board, as current YMCA President and CEO.  

 As the Y of Central Florida’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) since 2001, Wilcox has been actively involved in all aspects of the organization including membership development, finance, capital and scholarship campaigns, public and private partnerships, and staff and volunteer development. As COO, Wilcox has overseen the daily operations of 27 YMCA Family Centers and Y programs in more than 100 sites serving more than 235,000 residents across Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Marion, Brevard and Lake counties.

Wilcox helped guide the creation of two YMCA of Central Florida long-range strategic plans, including the recently adopted 2014-2018 Strategic Plan which calls for significantly increasing the organization’s regional impact in the areas of Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.  

He’s also helped develop and sustain the Y’s long-term philanthropic relationship with Dr. Phillips Charities as well as strategic partnerships with Orange County Government, Walt Disney World, The Winter Park Health Foundation, Brevard and Osceola counties, Florida Hospital, Orlando Health, Munroe Regional Medical Center and others.

“With a strong strategic plan in place, I am anxious to continue – and build upon – the tremendous growth and success the Y has experienced under the leadership of Jim Ferber,” said Dan Wilcox.  “I am committed to Central Florida and will work hand-in-hand with our strong board of directors, volunteers and staff to deliver on our Y mission to strengthen the foundation of our community.”

Prior to joining the YMCA of Central Florida in 1998, Wilcox held executive roles with the YMCA of Greater Charlotte and the YMCA of Greater Houston. He’s also been active within the Y-USA national organization, most recently as a committee member for the Y-USA Youth Development and Healthy Living Strategic Plans and as former chair of the YUSA Chief Operating Officer Urban Group. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin/Stevens Point, Wilcox and his wife, Mary, live in Winter Springs and are the parents of 2 grown children.   

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