Larry Rosen’s career spans more than 40 years in several YMCAs throughout California. His professional career began in 1970 when he became a Program Director at the Torrance Family YMCA. His YMCA roots, however, reach back into his youth, when he participated in YMCA camps and leadership clubs.
Throughout his career, Mr. Rosen increasingly became known as an innovator. He was much sought after as a speaker, and regularly lectured on issues such as membership retention, pricing, budgeting, fiscal management, and marketing management. In addition to developing modern best practices relating to YMCA management and operations, Mr. Rosen contributed thoughtful examinations on fundamental aspects of the YMCA Movement. In particular, he saw the role of membership, volunteer and board development, strategic planning, the relationship of philanthropy to the YMCA’s mission, and the Christian heritage of the YMCA as critical issues within the YMCA.
His track record as a successful fund-raiser, cultivator of upcoming leaders, and example of ethical leadership contributed to his election to the YMCA of the USA Board of Directors in 2007. Mr. Rosen will always be known as the “out of the box” thinker, challenging many not to just follow the crowd.
Community and Board Service
In addition to his YMCA career, Mr. Rosen remains active in his community through a variety of channels. His involvement in organizations outside of the YMCA includes serving as a board member for the Josephson Institute of Ethics and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital Foundation. He also serves on the Board of Visitors for Claremont Graduate University, School of Organizational & Behavioral Sciences.
Mr. Rosen received a bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare from California State University at Long Beach, California (1970).
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Program Director, Torrance Family YMCA, CA
Community Clubs and Camps Director, Palo Alto Area YMCA, CA
Executive Director, Torrance-South Bay Family YMCA, CA
EVP/COO, YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles, CA
President and CEO, Channel Islands YMCA, Santa Barbara, CA
President and CEO, YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles, CA
Senior Advisor to the President of the YMCA of the USA, Chicago, IL
Dean of the YMCA Leadership Symposium at Washington University,
St. Louis, MO
2011 & 2014