To me the wonderful thing about the Retirement Fund is it’s an outreach of the YMCA’s expression that we wish to care for our staff.

Robert Hastedt

Career Beginnings

Bob Hastedt spent the entirety of his career with the YMCA Retirement Fund. His first exposure to the YMCA Retirement Fund (and the YMCA) was through his mother, who worked for the YMCA Retirement Fund, and brought him to the office for “bring your kids to work” events. Though not intending to make a career out summer employment; while pursuing his studies, Mr. Hastedt cites the flexibility of the YMCA and being in the right place at the right time for his career path.

Mr. Hastedt held a number of positions at the YMCA Retirement Fund. For many YMCA employees, as the Director of Education, he was the face of the YMCA Retirement Fund. During his over 30-year tenure, he played an active role in strengthening the YMCA Movement through his advocacy of all YMCA professionals, especially the part-time and lower salaried staff.

Mr. Hastedt shared his skills and talents with the YMCA Movement. He championed these employees with humility, compassion and was always generous with his time and a consistent donor to many YMCA events. He has written many articles published in Perspective, Journal of YMCA Professionals.

Community and Board Service

In addition to his career, Mr. Hastedt has remained active in his church and served on the Board of Koinonia, a Lutheran Camp and the Compensation Guidelines Committee for the Metro NY Synod of the ELCA and as President of Association of Professional Directors (APD) Chapter 1. Mr. Hastedt also served on the National Association of YMCA Professionals Board, and the Emergency Assistance Program as treasurer. He currently serves on the National Board of the YMCA Alumni Retiree as treasurer.


Mr. Hastedt received a bachelor of science degree in Economics and Mathematics from Wagner College and a MBA in finance from St. John’s University. He is a Certified Financial Planner.


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