Sharon Berglund is the chief human resources officer for the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. She is responsible for leading training and development, talent management, employee relations, compensation, risk and safety, and payroll and benefits for 6,200 employees. Prior to joining the Y, Berglund was the vice president of human resources for GE Capital IT Solutions, senior director of human resources for Deluxe Corporation and director of human resources for McKesson Corporation. Berglund holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Metropolitan State University. She is board secretary for Elimu Africa and on the advisory board for Y-USA Diversity, Inclusion and Global Innovation. She previously served on the Association of Y Professionals board and as a volunteer mentor for Menttium. She has also previously chaired the HR committee for the North High Career Center board and the HR Consultants Roundtable.

Why the Y?

“I first became involved with the Y in 2000, when I helped the Minneapolis and St. Paul Ys hire their first shared vice president of human resources. When that person moved on to another opportunity in 2004, I was hired into the role. Every day I am amazed by the difference our team members make in our community. They are truly engaged in the work they are doing, and they care deeply about creating a better us.

As a grandmother, I am especially inspired by our child care team. Our Early Childhood Learning Centers do an excellent job caring for our youngest community members and their families. Research has shown that 80 percent of a child’s brain is developed by the time they are three years old. At the Y, children engage in play-based learning to strengthen key cognitive skills at their own pace in a safe, nurturing environment.

The Y also provides financial assistance to ensure everyone has access to quality child care. Take Israel and Kasch’s Story – their mother, Johanna, is a single parent who works full-time. She depends on the Y to keep her kids safe and learning while she is at work, and she describes her kids’ teachers as extended family. Our team is not only delivering quality programs – they are building meaningful, enduring relationships in our communities, and they are giving our youngest community members the building blocks to a bright future.”