Johari Matthews
Executive Director, YMCA of Middle TN
Johari Matthews operates as the Executive Director of the Northwest Family YMCA. She is streamlining the center’s efforts to strengthen the Bordeaux community through healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility. She spearheads cross-functional teams to facilitate the operational requirements through the strategic implementation of an effective organizational structure. Johari provides superior support to members, stakeholders, community partners, and involved staff members. She possesses the aptitude to formulate organizational strategy, document organizational policies, streamline day-to-day business activities, and administer performance reviews. Johari graduated from Tennessee State University with her bachelor’s in Psychology. She has spent 15 years with the YMCA of Middle Tennessee, as she started her career trajectory with the organization as a freshman in college where she quickly found her passion for youth development, community and nonprofit work. Throughout her tenure, she has served in various leadership roles proving that she not only has the skill but aptitude and heart to serve others. As an advocate for her community and staff, she served as the African American Resource Network Co-Chair for the YMCA of Middle Tennessee Employee Resource Groups. Johari is known for her exceptional leadership, willingness to serve, and infectious passion for her community. In her personal endeavors, Johari serves on various boards and committees including Corner to Corner as the Board Chair, The Community Foundation’s Women’s Fund, Women for Tennessee’s Future, Women of Color for Education Equity, and many more. She is a member of Junior League Nashville and volunteers at Nashville YoungLives, a local ministry for teen moms. In 2020, she was named by the Nashville Business Journal as one of Nashville’s top 40 Under 40 emerging leaders. A native Nashvillian, she and her husband, Lonnell Matthews, Jr., who she met at the YMCA, have two beautiful children together. Johari and her husband are also co-hosting a relationship podcast entitled, “You’re All I Need”, discussing everything about marriage and culture in hopes of motivating others to maintain healthy and balanced relationships.