Denise Lam

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer


Denise Lam

Denise Lam is the Senior Vice President of Operations of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. Denise is responsible for all 25 membership and program centers, 5 resident camps, and 4 housing facilities throughout the Chicago area. She is also responsible for the oversight of Association best practices.

Prior to her current role, Denise served as group vice president for the Urban North region of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. She has also served as an executive director, Association executive director and operations director at the Y Metro.

Denise brings to her role a unique perspective on multiculturalism in the YMCA movement, informed by her early work as executive director at the Chinese Mutual Aid Association and by her leadership on the Chicago Council on Human Relations (CCHR) as a commissioner and as the chair of CCHR’s Asian American Advisory Council.

In addition to her service on the CCHR, Denise is a fellow of the Leadership Greater Chicago Class of 2010, a member of the Neighborhood Community Relations Committee of the Resurrection Medical Center, and a member or chair of a number of diversity and training councils and committees at the YMCA of the USA. 

Denise was born in Hong Kong and attended Brigham Young University - Hawaii, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She is completing her Master’s degree in Human Services with an emphasis in organizational development through the Springfield College.