Manny Nungary, Chief Development Officer

As the Chief Development Officer, Manny Nungaray works to provide leadership of all fundraising initiatives and activities including building and strengthening relationships to engage the YMCA’s individual, corporate, and foundation donors.

Prior to the Y, Manny spent more than 21 years in higher education fundraising in the SF Bay Area. Most recently, Manny was the Executive Director of Development & Campaign Operations at San Francisco State University (SFSU) where he led the first comprehensive campaign, raising more than $156.7 million and co-led the Lam Family College of Business fundraising efforts.

Prior to joining SFSU, Manny served as Executive Director of Major and Planned Giving at Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) for more than 16 years, raising nearly $18 million for the Campaign to Save Ralston Hall during his final year at NDNU. While at NDNU, Manny has held several development positions, expanding his broad experience, including: major and planned giving, development operations, development advisory boards, alumni relations, event planning, and development communications and marketing.

Manny serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the SF AIDS Foundation and as a member of the Board of Trustees at his alma mater, Notre Dame de Namur University. He earned his MBA and bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame de Namur University.

While not at work: I enjoy cooking dinner for family and friends and spending time with my Husband. My simple pleasures are laying out at the beach, eating ice cream (mint, cookies n’ cream, chocolate fudge swirl), and binge watching cooking shows.

Bucket list: Never-ending list of travel destinations but must include seeing the Northern Lights and visiting the Maldives.

Karen Liu, Development Manager

Karen is currently the Development Manager for the YMCA of the East Bay Association Services Center, supporting the five fitness branches, Youth Development programs, Overnight Camp, and the Early Childhood program. Her first experience with the Y was as a recipient of financial assistance as a facility member. As a Y member, she sought out a part-time position as a Membership Assistant in 2013 at the Carlson MetroCenter YMCA in Rochester, New York.  Within a year, she moved into a full-time position as the Childcare Center Program Administrator, assisting low-income families apply for subsidized childcare through the county and processing financial assistance applications. Her experience with the Y led her to seek out a position at a YMCA in 2016 when she returned back to California. 

She started working for the YMCA of the East Bay at the branch level as the Regional Business Manager, supporting youth programming, including school-aged programs and day camps in the southern region of Alameda County.  This new position introduced her to fundraising and she transitioned into a Development role in 2017 at the Association level.  She enjoys supporting the fitness branches across our service area in Alameda and Contra Costa counties during their fall and camp campaigns, and managing all stages of gift processing.
Outside of work: Karen enjoys hiking and camping with her partner, powerlifting and weightlifting, and spending time with her nieces.
Bucket List: She hopes to someday travel to Japan and Iceland.

Noah Brown, Grants Manager

Noah Brown currently serves as the Grant Manager for the YMCA of the East Bay. He began his career with the YMCA of San Francisco in 2006, as a Community Development Coordinator. In 2013, he relocated to Tacoma Washington where he began working for the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties. Between 2013 and 2020, he served as a Senior Program Director and then Associate Executive Director for the YMCA Center for Community Impact, where he oversaw association operations and strategy in the areas of education, juvenile justice intervention, health equity, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Born and raised in Northern California, Noah returned to the Bay Area in 2021, and began working for YMCA of the East Bay in 2022 where he supports the association grant funding strategy in the association’s three priority areas.
Outside of work: Noah is an avid trail runner, voracious reader, and traveler.

Bucket List: Noah hopes to someday run the Inca Trail from Cusco to Machu Picchu.