For over 35 years, Dan Wilcox has been steadfast in his dedication to strengthening diverse communities and improving lives across the United States as a professional in the YMCA, one of the largest non-profit organizations in the nation. Currently, Dan serves as the President and CEO for the YMCA of Central Florida, an association comprised of over 20 Y Family Centers and nearly 100 offsite program locations spanning Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake, Marion, and Brevard Counties. Under his leadership, the lives of hundreds of thousands of neighbors of all ages and backgrounds are improved annually through the Y’s innovative collaborations and partnerships, along with dedicated support from tens of thousands of volunteers, donors, community leaders, and staff.
Dan first joined the YMCA of Central Florida in 1998 as Chief Operating Officer and oversaw transformational growth which tripled the size of the association before rising to lead as President and CEO in 2014. Prior to joining the YMCA of Central Florida, Dan developed valuable leadership and community-building expertise as he progressed from a part-time role at the YMCA of Northern Rock County in Janesville, Wisconsin, to roles of increasing responsibility and scope at the YMCA of Greater Houston in Texas, and the YMCA of Greater Charlotte in North Carolina.
Dan has a heart and passion that closely align with the Dr. Phillips Charities’ purpose of helping others help themselves and the Y’s mission of helping people reach their highest potential in spirit, mind, and body. As such, he has developed and sustained the Y’s long-term philanthropic relationship with Dr. Phillips Charities and has served as a board member since 2014. In addition, he has forged strong, community-wide relationships and strategic partnerships with major hospital systems, school districts, governments, businesses, faith-based organizations, donors, and foundations—all providing Dan with a keen understanding and unique vantage point to help address the varied and evolving needs of the Central Florida community.
As such, Dan contributes as a key community builder and thought leader at the local, state, and national levels. Currently, he serves on the Orange County Mayor’s Economic Recovery Taskforce and as Vice-Chair for the Florida State Alliance of YMCAs. He also recently served on the YMCA of the USA’s Strategic Planning Committee and Nationwide Membership Taskforce.
Dan and his wife Mary have enjoyed calling Central Florida home for over two decades, where they have raised their two sons and now are proud grandparents to three grandchildren.