As chief development officer of the Greater Twin Cities YMCA, Judy leads a dynamic team of veteran fundraisers, serving nearly a quarter million men, women and children of all ages, incomes and backgrounds. The YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, the third largest Y in the United States, was established in St. Paul in 1856 and serves 12 counties in the metro region and western Wisconsin. With 30 Y locations and program sites, seven overnight camps, 10 day camps and more than 90 childcare sites, the Y’s Board of Directors recently approved the acquisition of several floors of the Gaviidae Commons building in Minneapolis. Judy will be involved in the campaign work for the new downtown headquarters, flagship health center and community service space and programming.
Prior to joining the Y, Blaseg served as executive vice president of philanthropy at Ecumen, where she was responsible for raising $16 million as set forth in the organization’s strategic plan. Ecumen is one of the country’s largest and oldest non-profit senior housing and services companies. As a member of the MN Council on Foundations, she was part of the CEO Circle and also served on the Development Committee of LeadingAge in Washington, DC.
For many years, Blaseg owned a national fundraising consulting firm and also worked for Catholic Charities and members of Congress. Blaseg holds a degree in political science from Northern State University in South Dakota. She currently serves on the boards of Hennepin Theatre Trust and ArtSage. She previously served on the board at Mill City Summer Opera, Planned Parenthood of Minnesota and South Dakota, the Citizens League, St. Thomas the Apostle, DeLaSalle High School and several other non-profits in the Twin Cities and Washington, DC.