Breaking Glass Ceilings: Summit’s Newest CEO Anjali Rao McCormick Heads to Westport

April 28, 2021

Connecticut’s Westport Weston Family YMCA has named longtime Summit resident of 20 years, Anjali Rao McCormick as its new chief executive this month. A cum laude Harvard University and NYU’s Stern School of Business graduate, Anjali joined the Summit Area YMCA (SAY) as a Director of Marketing in 2011, and served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for the past 6 years.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have identified and hired a true transformational leader whose community focus, talent, and vision will ensure our viability for the next hundred years,” said Westport Weston Family YMCA’s Board President, Jonathan Manela.

Anjali’s innovation and results-oriented leadership style has facilitated the growth of the Summit Area YMCA with its four locations in Berkeley Heights and Summit in furthering its mission, expanding partnerships, enhancing quality and increasing revenue, including the success of the brand new 40,000 square foot $17 million Berkeley Heights YMCA that opened in 2020.

While the SAY’s loss is Westport’s gain, the entire team at the Summit Area YMCA is proud of her accomplishment. “The legacy she helped build here, high standards of operations, quality of service, level of integrity and strategic planning while pushing the needle will continue to pave the way for the future success of our Y” said Summit Area YMCA’s President & CEO, Paul Kieltyka.


Breaking glass ceilings, Anjali’s professional evolution within the YMCA organization is inspiring. She mentions, "After the birth of my second child, I stopped working full time and soon thereafter moved to Summit from New York City. It was at the Y that I first found community in Summit. In addition to meeting new people and making friends, the Y offered a welcoming environment to help me stay healthy and in shape. Since then, my children enrolled in numerous swim and sports clinics, played Youth Soccer and Basketball, enjoyed summer day camp, and celebrated birthday parties at the Y. I love that the Y is literally and figuratively the center of our community and that its mission for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility so closely aligns with many of the things I consider important."


Anjali’s dedication to public service and community involvement also flourished in Summit, where she raised her three children and became an active volunteer of the Summit Public Schools Enrichment and Sports Programs, St. Teresa of Avila Parish, the City of Summit, Summit Republican Committee and more.

About the Summit Area YMCA

The Summit Area YMCA is one of the area’s leading 501(c)(3) charitable organizations. Founded in 1886, the Summit Area YMCA has a history steeped in working side-by-side with our neighbors to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income and background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Each year, we provide our free and fee-based programs and services to over 15,000 individuals at our four locations with in an area spanning the communities of Berkeley Heights, Gillette, Millburn, New Providence, Short Hills, Springfield, Stirling and Summit. Through the generosity of our members, donors, and partners, we are able to offer financial assistance for our programs and services to participants with demonstrated need.