Rig Riggins began his YMCA career in 1968 at the YMCA of Greater Des Moines, Iowa. His connection to the YMCA, however, began in childhood, when he was a Junior Leader, participated in Hi-Y, and learned to swim at the Kansas City YMCA.
The mentoring he received from YMCA professionals during his youth planted the seed for his fruitful and inspiring career in the YMCA. After eleven years in Des Moines, Mr. Riggins moved on to California, where he worked for the Los Angeles, San Diego County, and Long Beach YMCAs, cultivating his leadership abilities and cultivating leaders. From California, he spent twelve years as president and CEO of the YMCA of the Inland Northwest, where he led a $40 million-capital campaign that transformed the YMCA, effectively tripling its capacity to serve the people of Spokane, Washington.
In 2012, seeing an opportunity for one last challenge, Mr. Riggins became president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh. While in Pittsburgh, he charted a strategy to strengthen the YMCA’s ability to foster underserved communities through a mix of increased philanthropy, improved relationships with major funders, and the diversification of the Pittsburgh YMCA’s branch portfolio.
Community and Board Service
In addition to a successful YMCA career, Mr. Riggins has remained active in his communities by serving the Association of YMCA Professionals Emergency Assistance Fund as the chair of the Caring Committee, the 501c Agencies Trust as the treasurer, PA Says No More as a Board member, the Robert Morris University Sports Management Program as an Advisory Board member, the Rotary Club (#21) as a member of the Board of Directors, and Washington State CTED as an Advisory Board member.
Mr. Riggins received a bachelors of science degree in business administration from Drake University (1968).
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Assistant Physical Director, YMCA of Greater Des Moines, IA
Branch Executive, YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles, CA
Chief Operating Officer, YMCA of San Diego County, CA
CEO, YMCA of Greater Long Beach, CA
CEO, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Spokane, WA
President and CEO, YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh, PA