Martin Englisher was appointed as Executive Vice President of the YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood (the “Y”) in1981 after having been employed in other administrative positions since 1972. The Y is a beneficiary member agency of UJA-Federation of New York and Mr. Englisher is a Past President of the Metropolitan Center Executive Association, a professional association of all New York Executive Directors affiliated with UJA/Federation. He holds an MBA in Management from Fordham University and a B.S. in Accounting from Lehman College (CUNY), in addition to having one year’s credit towards a Doctorate in Social Work from Yeshiva University.
Given that he and his family lived in the neighborhood surrounding the Y during his youth and that he attended local schools, Mr. Englisher, as the Y leader, long ago reaffirmed his sense of pride and commitment to the community. He served on Community Board 12 for 13 years, received a Citation from the Manhattan Borough President and continues to serve as a Community Liaison to the New York Police Department (NYPD). Mr. Englisher has been recognized for his dedicated service as a community leader with several awards from NYPD Manhattan North Bureau Command and the 34th Precinct Community Council.
In 1989 Mr. Englisher led the Y in securing funding from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Department to construct a 100 unit Section 202 Senior Citizen Housing facility that is connected to the Y headquarters building. HUD Secretary Jack Kemp along with Congressmen Charles Rangel and Charles Schumer recognized Mr. Englisher’s achievement at the dedication ceremony for the Lawrence A. and May L. Wien House. The Y Board of Directors honored his efforts by raising the funds to upgrade the building lobby and naming it, “The Martin G. Englisher Lobby”.
Mr. Englisher’s visionary leadership of the Y has been acknowledged by the many awards and honors that he has received through the years. This year Mr .Englisher was awarded a prestigious Neighborhood Achievement Award for Leadership. This award represents citywide recognition of outstanding community leadership at the highest level over the course of one's career.