YMCA Veteran to lead “Mission Advancement” to better serve all communities throughout San Diego County

SAN DIEGO ( KUSI) – The YMCA of San Diego County today announced that Michael Brunker, longtime Executive Director of the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA, has been promoted to a new role to better serve all communities throughout San Diego County.

Brunker will serve as Vice President for Mission Advancement, a new position within the organization that will lead countywide partnership efforts from the Y’s local corporate headquarters office. In his new role, Brunker will support the execution of the YMCA’s strategic plan by identifying, establishing and entering into new partnerships that directly align with the Association’s vision to double impact, serving more people throughout the county.


“Michael’s influence throughout San Diego and his creation of long-standing, impactful and mission-based partnerships makes him uniquely positioned to help us broaden the YMCA’s reach countywide,” said Charmaine Carter, Executive Vice President & Chief Operations Officer for the YMCA of San Diego County. “We’re thrilled to see how he will expand upon his already profound success with the Y.”


Brunker has served for nearly 22 years with the YMCA at the iconic Jackie Robinson branch, covering one of the most underrepresented areas of San Diego. He was instrumental in the fundraising and rebuilding of the facility that reopened its doors to the community in Oct. 2017, on the same land it has been on since 1943. The new Y is serving more youth, adults and families than ever before, strengthening the community.


“I’m humbled and honored to take on the role of mission advancement for the YMCA,” said Brunker. “My time at the Jackie Robinson Family Y has been among the most rewarding and fulfilling work of my life. I’m proud to keep spending my heaven doing good on earth, and the mission of the YMCA enables me to achieve this every day.”


Brunker will transition into the role over the coming months, with his post officially beginning July 1, 2019 (in line with the Y’s fiscal year).


The change also means that Anna Arancibia, Jackie Robinson Family Y’s current Associate Executive Director, has been named Interim Executive Director for facility and service area. Arancibia has over 16 years of experience at the branch and has close community ties to continue and further the Y’s mission in southeastern San Diego.

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