I was an inner city kid. I probably
didn’t know that. Where you lived is
where you lived.

Stephen Hambright


Steve Hambright began his YMCA career in his youth as a participant in YMCA Leaders Club teaching younger children gymnastics and swimming. While attending Springfield College in the late 1960’s Mr. Hambright became a coordinator for a YMCA led project to develop the first statewide drug information center – the Drug Information Action Line. His early career was spent working in urban YMCAs during the civil rights era. During this time he gained an appreciation for group work and the ability of the YMCA to make a difference in communities. In addition to the creation of the drug calling line, Mr. Hambright also played a role in establishing a childcare service for welfare families, and the YMCA Shelter Care Unit which was an alternative to juvenile detention.

Mr. Hambright rose quickly through the YMCA and in 1991 he became a field consultant, sharing his experience with YMCAs on the west coast. As a consultant he pioneered YMCA efforts to shift public policy through the California Collaboration for Youth. Further, together with Larry Rosen and Gary Kuenzli, he began what he called “aggressive consulting,” an approach to dig deep into a YMCAs operations and uncover core issues needing attention and resources. This approach evolved to become “Performance Consulting” whereby modest improvements were identified and suggested. Mr. Hambright ended his career as Y-USA Senior Resource Executive, traveling the country sharing his wisdom, experience, and networks with YMCAs. He retired in 2015.

Community Service

In addition to his YMCA career, Mr. Hambright has remained active in communities by serving on the YMCA of the USA Retired Executive Coaching program, trainer; YMCA of the USA Interim CEO program, Advisor; Valley of the Sun YMCA, Coach/volunteer; Massachusetts Community Education Association, Past President; California Collaboration for Youth, Past President.


Mr. Hambright received a bachelor of science degree from Springfield College (1971) and a master’s of education from Springfield College (1975).


‟…never assume you’re right.”


‟The genius of this organization has been being able to interpret that guidance…”


‟Where else can you get that kind of opportunity?”


‟How do you serve them? The members are the Y, not us.”