October 19, 2022, Boston, MA: Portraits of YMCA of Greater Boston CEO David Shapiro in Boston, Massachusetts Wednesday, October 19, 2022. (Photo by Billie Weiss/YMCA Of Greater Boston)

David Shapiro serves as the 14th President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Boston. The YMCA of Greater Boston, America’s first YMCA, is one of the largest private social services providers in Massachusetts, offering programs and services to improve community health, build bright futures, end hunger, remove barriers to economic stability and demand equity for all. David joined the YGB on October 17, 2022.

Prior to leading the YMCA of Greater Boston, Shapiro served as CEO of MENTOR and MENTOR’s Massachusetts Affiliate, Mass Mentoring Partnership. A servant leader of the mentoring movement for over 20 years, David Shapiro has dedicated his career to working across sectors and driving equity through the power of relationships. Shaprio’s movement-building expertise has also been recognized by leading organizations including the Social Impact Exchange, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, the Barr Foundation, and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. His thought leadership has been featured in publications including The Hill, The 74 Million, and Thrive Global. Shapiro is a frequent speaker around the country on diverse topics ranging from youth mental health, education, workforce development, and civic engagement centering on the power of social capital and relationships as drivers of healthy development, diversity, and equitable support and opportunity.  

“The stories I’ve heard about families first coming to this country, come to the Y.  Kids learning to swim for the first time or that they’ve gone to a Y summer camp. These are the stories that elevate and inspire me. It gives me a great sense of the privilege and the servant leadership spot I now occupy. I just want to meet the bar the Y staff has already set.”

Shapiro has held leadership positions with the U.S. Golf Association Foundation and the American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay. He serves as an emeritus board member of the Mass Nonprofit Network and Common Impact and is on the boards of the Institute for Nonprofit Practice, America’s Promise Alliance, The Center for Healing and Justice Through Sport, and the national board of Friends of the Children. In 2022, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker appointed him to the board of trustees of Bunker Hill Community College, the largest community college in Massachusetts.  Also in 2022, Shapiro became the first recipient of the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation’s “Bill Russell Mentoring Award,” which recognizes individuals who have made a significant impact in the mentoring field in the New England area.

Shapiro and his family reside in Boston. He is a husband, father, mentor, and youth baseball coach.