Soo Hoo, Claudia
Chief Operating Officer
Merrimack Valley YMCA
Claudia is the COO of the Merrimack Valley YMCA. She has been working at the Y for nearly two decades, but has been part of the Merrimack Valley YMCA as a member, program enthusiast, and camper since she was a young girl. In her tenure at the Y, she has overseen aquatics, youth and teen programming, day camp, overnight camp, diversity, inclusion, and global work, and branch operations. Today her portfolio includes the association marketing and philanthropy efforts, the Andover/North Andover YMCA, Camp and Childcare, the Diversity, Inclusion and Equity work, as well as the day to day operations of the Merrimack Valley YMCA. She is the President Elect of the Andover Rotary Club, sits on the North Andover Youth Center Board, and sits on the Ironstone Farm Challenge Unlimited Board. Claudia sits on the national YMCA of the USA Diversity, Inclusion, Global, and Multicultural Leadership Council and is the Vice Chair on the national Y steering committee for the Asian Pacific Islander Leadership Network.
Claudia currently lives in North Andover with her husband, Ben, and her two children, Callie (11) and Ryan (8). In her spare time she enjoys running, skiing, golfing, swimming, cooking, and reading. However, her favorite pastime is cheering, coaching, and volunteering in her kid's schools, sports, and other activities. This October she is running her first Boston Marathon.
Claudia has her Bachelors of Science degree in Crime, Law, and Justice and a minor in Sociology from the Pennsylvania State University. In her tenure at the YMCA, she has completed several professional development opportunities specifically for staff of color, including Multicultural Executive Career Advancement (MECA) and Multicultural Executive Development Institute (MEDI).