Chad Nico Hiu,

Chad Nico Hiu

Member at Large


YMCA of the USA

Chad is a Hawaii-born New Yorker and student of the world having served with the YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) Diversity, Inclusion & Global (DIG) team since 2011 and is Senior Director of Diversity & Inclusion. With an amazing, experienced and respected team, Chad helps to build local, state-wide, national and global capacity to engage diverse, vulnerable, underserved and marginalized communities, co-leads Y-USA’s DIG strategy and network, and leads 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.

Previously, Chad 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. A strategic, effective and passionate NGO professional for twenty years, 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 Howard Brown Health’s Board of Directors, the Tyler Clementi Foundation Advisory Council, has traveled to 38 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, keynoted at numerous national events, lived in Hong Kong for two years and served as Youth Director with the YMCA of Honolulu. Chad lives in Chicago, Illinois with his partner of ten years.


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