Michael Farris, Jr.

Specialist for Strategic Priorities within Y-USA's Diversity & Inclusion Department @ YMCA of USA

Michael Farris has ten years of experience as an equity leader within the YMCA movement. He began his career with the YMCA of Greater Detroit as a Program Coordinator and moved to Kansas City to lead the Young Achievers Program for the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. He also served as Executive Director of the 8th Street Family YMCA, a branch of the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. Currently, Michael serves as Specialist for Strategic Priorities within Y-USA’s Diversity & Inclusion Department where he helps local Ys integrate diversity and inclusion practices into their strategic plans and operational goals. He is a graduate of the Y’s Multicultural Executive Development Institute (MEDI), is an active participant in the Multicultural Mentoring Program (MMP) and has served on a number of cross-functional teams for various Y-USA initiatives. Michael holds a B.S. in Corporate Fitness and Wellness from Grand Valley State University and a M.S. in Athletic and Sport Business Administration from the University of Central Missouri.