Derek Smith literally grew up with the YMCA’s sports programs in North Dallas and then became a Y employee in high school. He began his full time career in the YMCA as a Teen and Family Program Director and has held many positions in the YMCA movement including Director of Operations for the Plano Family YMCA, Executive Director of the Irving Family YMCA, and District Executive Director of the YMCA at White Rock. Currently, Derek serves as Vice President of Operations for the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth where he oversees five YMCA branches. Derek is passionate about serving the community and raises nearly $500,000 annually to directly provide financial assistance to children and families who would otherwise lack access to the YMCA’s programming and services. During his 24-year YMCA career, Derek has inspired countless staff, board members, and volunteers to join in the YMCA’s cause of strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.