RIDGEWOOD, NJ – The Ridgewood YMCA’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Ramon M. Hache Sr. as Chief Executive Officer.

Hache followed a long career in banking, finance and business development with several terms in elective office including Mayor and Councilman of Ridgewood, and Bergen County Commissioner. He was selected through a nationwide search led by the Ridgewood YMCA Board of Directors with support from the YMCA of the USA and New Jersey YMCA State Alliance. He succeeds Ernest Lamour, now CEO of the YMCA of Greater Rochester. Hache has resigned as Bergen County Commissioner in order to focus on his new position with the Ridgewood YMCA and to avoid any conflicts with the organization’s policies regarding political activities. He will officially assume the role of CEO on March 6, 2023.

“I am humbled by the opportunity to be part of this Y’s tremendous legacy and eager to start this new chapter in my service to Northern New Jersey. I am excited to work in partnership with our talented staff and volunteers to help our community members belong, grow and thrive.” shares Hache.

“Among the many fine candidates for the position of Ridgewood Y CEO, Ramon’s accomplishments and history of advancing the community were unique, and we are confident about what our Y will become under his leadership” says Shannon Warren, Chair of the Ridgewood YMCA Board of Directors.

Through Hache’s leadership role in Feed the Front Lines, Ridgewood’s innovative food security program that has generated more than $4 million in grants, thousands of meals have been served to Bergen County residents in need while saving hundreds of restaurant jobs during the pandemic and beyond.

“Ramon’s contributions to the Bergen County Board of Commissioners have been impactful and appreciated,” says Thomas Sullivan, Chairman of the Bergen County Board of Commissioners. “His energy and passion will be missed, but they will be well-used in his new role and we wish him the best of luck.”

About the Ridgewood YMCA

Established in 1902, the Ridgewood YMCA is 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving Northern New Jersey and Port Murray area. We offer programs and community connections that positively impact lives through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, building spirit, mind and body for all. You can learn more about the organization at www.ridgewoodymca.org or by calling (201) 444-5600.