The first woman President & CEO, Margo Byrne, officially took charge of the Channel Islands YMCA association February 18, 2019. Byrne succeeds Sal Cisneros who led the seven-branch organization for the last 14 years.

Margo Byrne’s commitment to the Y is unquestionable. Most recently as COO, she has led the operations of a $20 million, seven-branch organization with nearly 1,200 employees. The Y serves nearly 50,000 people annually. Byrne states, “I am thrilled to lead an organization that positively impacts so many people by building and strengthening our communities.”

Hard work does not go unnoticed at the Y, Byrne took on the position as the Chief Operations Officer of the Channel Islands YMCA in 2013. Margo began her career with the Y as the Aquatics Director at the Ventura Family YMCA 18 years ago. Moving up the ranks quickly, she then served as Executive Director for 8 years.

Margo has been instrumental in the development of programs such as Diabetes Prevention, Livestrong Cancer Survivor Program, Enhance Fitness – Arthritis Program, Third Grade Learn to Swim, and has deepened the Y’s focus on Cause Driven Leadership and programs.

“The Channel Islands Association is confident in Byrne’s leadership and is poised once again to do great things in the next fourteen years and beyond,” shares Robert Coles, Board Chair.

Byrne has a B.A. in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Kinesiology. Prior to joining the Y, Margo was a Lecturer at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin Missouri.

After14 years, Sal Cisneros is proud to pass the torch to Byrne in February 2019. Although moving from the Channel Islands Y stirs mixed emotions for Cisneros, he is not leaving the Y entirely. Cisneros will join the YMCA of the USA as Senior Consultant of CEO Search. In this role he will be working with a team of CEO Search consultants providing services to YMCAs across the nation requiring support during CEO transitions. Cisneros states he is “honored to be able to join Y-USA in serving the movement in this very important role.”


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