Mark Johnson


Mark is the Director of National Executive Initiatives for the YMCA of the USA. Most recently, he served as the executive director of the Silver Bay Association, the YMCA’s oldest continuing conference and training facility. His accomplishments there included a successful $11.2 million campaign for the 100th anniversary, award-winning architectural work, and a multi-faceted year-round rural community development program with a service area of more than 100 square miles. In his 34 years with the YMCA, Mark has served in Beirut, New York City, and at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Outside of the YMCA, Mark served eight years as the President of the Lake George Land Conservancy and has been a Trustee of the Adirondack Nature Conservancy. Mark holds a B.A. from the College of Wooster, a Masters Degree and Ph.D. in Sociology from Columbia University, and has studied at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. He is a frequent contributor to Perspective magazine, and edits their column, “We Have To Talk,” on the nature of conversation. Mark is Co-Chair of the ASA board Development Committee.