New Executive Director Arrives at Border View Family YMCA

September 7, 2018

By Mario A. Cortez

Gaby Millan

The YMCA branch serving the communities of San Ysidro, South San Diego, and Southwestern Chula Vista announced the arrival of its new executive director this week.

Through a press release from the YMCA of San Diego County, Gaby Millan was presented as the new head of the Border View Family YMCA.

Millan, who grew up in the nearby community of Del Sol, was selected after the a nationwide talent search.

“My expertise and my heart lie in serving underserved and underrepresented communities,” said Millan. “My time at the Y has allowed me to reflect back on my decision to choose this career path and reinforced my commitment to advocating for families like mine. I hope to continue Border View’s history of community support.”

Millan began her career at the Y during her undergrad days at Cal Poly Pomona, working at the Fullerton YMCA campus in Orange County during after school hours.

From there she would later work at the Chula Vista and Eastlake YMCA branches as membership director. She also served as regional director of membership and health and wellness.

Within the branch she now directs, Millan has been in charge of membership and took up an interim tenure as executive director for three months, while the search for someone to fill the position was conducted.

Now, in her newly-minted role as executive director, Millan believes that reaching this position is like a way of coming back home.

“I feel that I accomplished my goals,” she said about coming back to her community in a permanent leadership position. “It’s like a circle, what I always wanted was to help families like mine, I always knew it.”

“Gaby’s passionate commitment to the communities served by the Border View Family Y has been evident during her time in the greater San Diego area,” Carolyn Woempner, area vice president for the YMCA of San Diego County, pointed out. “Her ideas to connect with the community will allow us to serve more people in an equal way, strengthening the lives of thousands of children, adults, seniors and families.”

The Border View YMCA is located at 3601 Arey Drive in South San Diego.

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4 Responses to “New Executive Director Arrives at Border View Family YMCA”

  1. Erika Ramírez Says:

    Felicitaciones Gaby!
    I have known Gaby from her early years at the South Bay YMCA and could not be happier about her new role as the Executive Director at Borderview YMCA. She is a woman of character who understands the needs of the community she serves and has the heart and drive to make positive changes.
    Best of luck to Gaby!

  2. Dr Mike McQuary Says:

    San Diego Unified School District has a great partnership with the YMCA to increase awareness of healthy living, provide opportunities for improving personal health, and strengthen the quality of life in our communities.

  3. Randolph Ortlieb Says:

    Congratulations from the Palomar Family YMCA in Escondido!

  4. James Audley Says:

    Gaby Millan is one of the very best YMCA professionals I have ever known and I could not be prouder to call her a friend. The Borderview YMCA is very fortunate to have someone who understands diversity and inclusion on such a personal level along with the intricacies of the community she now serves. Congratulations Gaby!

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