Jude Hickey

Jude Hickey

Associate Executive Director

Languages Spoken

English

Jude Hickey has worked for the YMCA for 17 years. Specifically the YMCA of Austin. All 17 years in the movement, he has served at the TownLake Branch in Downtown Austin. He began working at the towel desk in 2002 folding towels, soon became a membership coordinator, then a membership director and serves now as the Associate Executive Director for the last 6 years. Jude’s passion for finding opportunities for those who feel voiceless and unseen has led him to many outreach initiatives that invite all people into the Y Experience. Additionally, he loves facilitating training’s like Intro to Leading Others and The Cause-Driven Tour, to help new leaders in the Y Movement bring the Mission and Cause to life in their every day. Jude’s introduction to the YMCA came during his first year as a Theater major at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Not feeling like he was like the other students at the university gym, he turned to the Y in his pursuit of a healthier self. Walking through the doors of the YMCA changed his life and he has been sharing the Y Experience with as many people as possible ever since.The experience of the Y has provided Jude with more than just a full heart and a keen ability to navigate human experience, but also a larger family. His 3 nieces and nephew, ages 4-14, are all growing up at the Y. When he isn’t helping Y staff and members come together in a Welcoming, Genuine, Hopeful, Nurturing and Determined way, he is spending time with the nieces, nephew and his husband playing Blazer Tag, canoeing on TownLake, wrestling with his Chihuahuas and just generally loving how amazing his life is. Favorite Vacation: Backpacking in the back-country of the Desert Southwest Spirit Animal: Tie – Unicorn and Sloth Comfort Food: Chips and Tomatillo Salsa