Kim Bracey

Kim is the first African American woman to serve at CEO in YWCA York’s 131-year history. She is bringing her innovative leadership as well as a demonstrated track record of commitment to issues key to the YWCA’s mission to meet this historic moment.


Ms. Bracey did serve as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services, a position she has held for the past four and a half years. In this role she created and directed the development of regulations, policies, and standards involving 2,560 local governments across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


Native to York, Kim committed herself to service to our country by joining the United States Air Forces. After a decade of service with distinction, she returned to her hometown to serve as the Program Manager of the Crispus Attucks YouthBuild program, and later as the president of the South George Street Community Partnership. Ms. Bracey’s deep commitment to enhancing the quality of life and economic opportunities for everyone has been demonstrated in her current and past roles, including the eight years she served as the mayor for the City of York. As the City’s chief elected officer, Kim led a renaissance in financial stability, economic and community revitalization, and governmental reforms, while overseeing a workforce of approximately 400 employees and a $98 million budget.


In 2017, she received the prestigious Athena Award bestowed upon female leaders around the globe, after being selected by past honorees. In 2021, Ms. Bracey co-chaired the 100th United Way of York County Campaign and helped to raise $5.6 million.


Kim earned her education through York City Schools, attending Bloomsburg University, the United States Air Force Community College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama and Drexel University in Philadelphia PA. She is a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate degree of Humane Letters from York College of PA, along with numerous certificate programs, and coursework all enhancing her career as a government official and a non-profit leader.

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