Fran Bell

Former Executive Director at Young Men's Christian Association of Austin

Fran Bell

Fran Bell

Former Executive Director at Young Men's Christian Association of Austin

Biography

Fran Bell has served in the YMCA Movement since 1982. Her Y career has focused on making a difference in urban communities. Before her current achievement as Group Vice President and Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion, Bell has served the Y in many capacities, both in her hometown of Philadelphia and since 1998 with the YMCA of Metro Chicago.

Her commitment to addressing the needs of people of different backgrounds brought her to Chicago as Executive Director of the Austin YMCA, predominantly serving homeless residents in transition through a partnership with the city of Chicago.

No stranger to garnering community support to address the needs of its constituents, Bell successfully led her second capital campaign to build a state of the art childcare center for one of the flagship Ys in Chicago’s inner city. Under her leadership, the Y achieved a $1 million positive turnaround through a merger with a smaller Y, resulting in more efficient allocation of resources and increased fund raising. She was elevated to Group Vice President with responsibility for a region of five YMCA facilities and the Association’s community schools program.

The West Chester University education major has consistently served as a mentor and coach for emerging leaders of color, assisting them to grow professionally in and outside of the YMCA. Bell is one of the founding members of the Y’s national African American resource network, responsible for creating professional development programs and opportunities for diverse staff across the country. Her dedication earned her the position of Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion.

Bell is a member of the Chicago Chapter of Children’s Literacy Initiative, a board member of the Woodlawn Children’s Promise Community and Network of Woodlawn. She has been honored as a woman of excellence by Clear Channel Radio and the Chicago Defender Newspaper and is noted in Who’s Who in Black Chicago.

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Young Men's Christian Association of Austin

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211

Number of Boards

1

Number of Awards

2

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Professor-Africana Studies & Education at Simmons College - Massachusetts

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Senior Fellow at Center for the Study of Social Policy

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Former Education Program Officer at Lloyd A. Fry Foundation

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Pastor at Apostolic Church of God

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Director at Woodlawn Children's Promise Community

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Director at Woodlawn Children's Promise Community

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Chief Executive Officer at The Woodlawn Organization

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Director at Woodlawn Children's Promise Community

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Director at Woodlawn Children's Promise Community

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Secretary at Woodlawn Children's Promise Community

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Fran Bell
Former Executive Director at Young Men's Christian Association of Austin
Career History
Group Vice President & Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion
1998 - 2015

The mission of the YMCA of Metro Chicago is to develop strong children, families and communities across Metropolitan Chicago through academic readiness, character development, violence prevention, and fitness and healthy living.

Professional
1982 - Prior

YMCA of the USA provides health and social services. It offers adventure guides, aquatics, arts, camping, child care, health and fitness, older, adults, scuba, and sports programs to communities and families in the United States. The company was founded by George Williams in 1844 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Executive Director
Prior

TO PUT CHRISTIAN PRINCIPLES INTO PRACTICE THROUGH PROGRAMS THAT BUILD HEALTHY SPIRIT, MIND AND BODY FOR ALL.

Boards & Committees
Board Member
Current

The Woodlawn Childrens Promise Community is a community-based effort to radically improve the trajectory of childrens lives in Woodlawn, neighborhood on Chicagos Southside. We promote whole child development in every important aspect of a childs lifebefore, during, and after school the school day; at home; and across the neighborhood.

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The mission of the YMCA of Metro Chicago is to develop strong children, families and communities across Metropolitan Chicago through academic readiness, character development, violence prevention, and fitness and healthy living.

Awards & Honors
Clear Channel Radio - Woman of Excellence
The Chicago Defender - Women of Excellence
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