ALAN SCHER

Managing Director of Youth & Family Services
ASCHER@YWASHHTS.ORG
(212) 569-6200 x248

Alan never sat straight enough for his kindergarten teacher, but managed to make something of himself, nonetheless. As the Managing Director of Youth & Family Programs at the YM & YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood, he is responsible for a team of eight Program Managers that supervise five after school programs, summer camp programs, teen programs, and a youth sports program. In addition, Alan has begun pronouncing the “t’s” in words as diverse as “mountain” and “fountain,” despite growing up in New Jersey. Now at his third Jewish Community Center, previously climbing the proverbial ladder at the JCC in San Francisco and JCC Chicago, Alan credits equally his formal education at the University of Southern California and Sonoma State University, as well as informal professional experiences like the JCC Association's Merrin Teen Professional Fellows program and UJA­Federation of New York's High Impact Manager's program, as the catalyst for his commitment to non­profit work. Although also an alumnus of the first Bay Area cohort of Bend the Arc’s Jeremiah Fellowship, as well as the 2011 recipient of the Helen Diller Family award for Excellence in ​Jewish Education, it’s the little things, truth be told, that bring him joy: Doing a spot on Otis Redding at karaoke, keeping his house ​plants alive, and roller skating on his birthday. The highlight of his week is always taking the subway to a farmer's market with his two daughters. He likes it when they slouch.