Kathy Kuras

Senior Consultant

Contact: Kathy@Triangle2.com

Kathy comes to Triangle2 with over 25 years experience in the nonprofit sector.  She created and led numerous innovation strategies, involving hundreds of local associations, in the process of designing, testing, and measuring to scale an array of new programs and initiatives.  She has consistently built and mobilized a community of champions which have resulted in large scale adoption and advocacy as well as continuous learning (and unlearning).

Kathy is currently the Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer for the YMCA of Greater Boston where she is responsible for association-wide strategy and innovation while providing leadership to operations, marketing and information technology departments. Kathy's YMCA Career began in Dallas, TX where she spent 13 years in a variety of program and association leadership roles. She is especially proud of founding the Know Before You Go drowning prevention program, collaborating with the American Red Cross, Children’s Medical Center and the National Safe Kids Coalition. This program has evolved into a vibrant community safety program reaching 70,000 youth and families in over 140 communities annually.

As a Vice President of Member Experience for the Charlotte YMCA, she led strategic planning and implementation processes and revitalized membership, program development and quality improvement for a local association with over 170,000 members. She developed and launched an innovation strategy based on human centered design, which created over a dozen new programs and experiences in the areas of membership, youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. 

At the national level, working for YMCA of the USA, Kathy pioneered the first enterprise-wide leadership competency model for the YMCA, Cause-Driven Leadership®. She led and evolved the first shared culture strategy, Living Our Cause, which has been adopted internationally. She redesigned the YMCA's signature program, Principles and Practices, serving over 1000 Y leaders each year and designed a bridge program for CEOs and senior leaders entering the Y from other organizations. She partnered with colleges and universities on a variety of initiatives including a multi-year masters level project with Northwestern University to improve storytelling and fundraising efforts. She created the first YMCA national video production and internal social media strategy to modernize learning and engagement among volunteers and staff. 

In addition to her nonprofit experience, Kathy is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and co-founded a music and production company, which has produced a Grammy pre-nominated album, social change events and is currently in production of a documentary.