Mayor Martin J. Walsh appointed William Morales Commissioner of Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) in March of 2016 to serve within the Mayor’s Health and Human Services Cabinet. In this capacity he oversees BCYF’s network of 36 facilities including 30 community centers located throughout the City of Boston serving over 90,000 people annually. Among the many programs offered by BCYF since its founding in 1972 are SuccessLink (the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program,) numerous out-of-school time programs, adult education, sports and fitness, arts, girls-only, senior, enrichment opportunities and the nationally recognized youth violence prevention and intervention Streetworker Program.
A son of Boston, Will personally witnessed and experienced remarkable change in his neighborhood through youth-driven programs and institutions. He is passionately committed to serving the needs and interests of the youth of Boston and their neighborhoods. He lives by the personal statement "to be the person who was not there for me."
Prior to joining BCYF, Commissioner Morales had a 14-year career with YMCA of Greater Boston as the Executive Director of the historic Boston YMCA Achievers and oversight of the Egleston Square Youth Teen Center. With BA degree from Springfield College and Master’s Degree from Cambridge College, he is a frequent lecturer at various higher education institutions in Boston and across the country.
His previous professional experience includes Senior Director at Wheelock College and Chief Operations Officer for Youth Enrichment Services (YES). Commissioner Morales’ career in community engagement began over 22 years ago when he founded Youth and Police Partnership. He is a native of Roxbury and has a longstanding passion for serving the Boston youth community. He has won national awards as an emerging leader and is a recognized expert on youth development. Will takes great pride in being a committed and present dad to his five children.