Chad Nico Hiu,

Chad Nico Hiu

Member at Large


YMCA of San Francisco

Chad Nico Hiu [@chadnico] is a Hawaii-born New Yorker Chicagoan, student of the world, and current Senior Vice President for Strategy, Innovation and Impact with the YMCA of San Francisco. In this role, he serves as a catalyst in ensuring continuous strategic alignment across all areas of the Ys work in innovatively, equitably and nimbly responding to the needs of the diverse communities the Y serves across the Bay Area, formalizing the Y’s strategic-planning processes, translating it for people across functions, and driving equitable and community-centered organizational change.

Previously, Chad served with the YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) Diversity, Inclusion & Global (DIG) team for ten years, most recently as Senior Director of Diversity & Inclusion where he helped to build local, state-wide, national and global capacity to engage diverse, vulnerable, underserved and marginalized communities, co-led Y-USA’s DIG strategy and network, and integration of diversity, equity and inclusion policies, practices and programs towards community bridge building and social cohesion for all in the 10,000 communities the Y serves across the U.S. Prior to that, he served as Director of International Operations & Youth Exchanges for the YMCA of Greater New York, where he was part of an era of dynamic growth in cultural exchanges, collaborations, and global education/inclusion programming. Chad holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services Administration & Youth Development and a Master’s degree in Organizational Management and Leadership from Springfield College in Massachusetts and a Global Studies Certificate from the University of Pittsburgh.

Chad serves on the Board of Directors for Howard Brown, one of the nation’s largest LGBTQ healthcare networks, the Board of Trustees for the Tyler Clementi Foundation, dedicated to ending bullying in all forms, the Chicago Fair Trade Board of Directors supporting workers rights and global social responsibility, has traveled to 40 countries on almost every continent of the world, participated in the globally recognized Semester at Sea study abroad program, volunteered with the CASA YMCA youth shelter in Tijuana, Mexico, represented Y-USA in global settings and the World YMCA at the United Nations. He helped launch the Ys inaugural partnership with the Biden Foundation advancing LGBTQ+ inclusion and equity across 19 states and served as a policy volunteer with the Biden/Harris 2020 Campaign. He has lived in Hong Kong for two years, provided voter engagement support to various political campaigns, and served as Youth Director with the YMCA of Honolulu. Chad can be reached at and lives in San Francisco, California with his husband of eleven years.


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