United Way Worldwide Announces Leadership Appointments Including General Counsel, Chief Marketing Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Interim EVP for Worldwide Network Advancement, and Senior Fellow | National News

Alexandria, Virginia.And February 7 2022 /PRNewswire/ – United Way Worldwide (UWW) today announced the appointment of key leaders to its Executive Leadership Team who will report to the President and CEO, Angela F. Williams. This new roster of senior leaders will play an important role in helping her develop and implement a new vision for United Way Worldwide. Together, they will advance the organization’s position as the leading nonprofit of choice, provide critical services and support to its network, and drive transformational growth as part of the United Way’s second century service. The new appointments include the following individuals whose names and backgrounds are detailed below:

  • Odessa B. Jackson, Esq. General Counsel and Head of Risk Management
  • Omoiye O. Kinney Executive Vice President and Head of Marketing Department
  • Lionel Para Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
  • Sonal Shah Interim Executive Vice President, Web Development.
  • Tim Berger – First teammate at United Way

“I am delighted that these experienced and talented leaders are joining the United Way family during this transformative time,” said Williams. “We are assembling a leadership team capable of launching our organization into the next chapter, ensuring that we continue to do well in the future. With the arrival of these dynamic leaders, United Way Worldwide now has one of the most diverse leadership teams in the field – an important development for our long-term success. I believe it is critical that our leaders reflect the communities we serve so that diversity and equity are effectively centralized in everything we do.”

“United Way is committed to diversity in everything we do – and that starts with leadership,” said Dr. Juliette M. Taukley, Chair of the United Way Worldwide Board of Trustees. “From our board of directors to the thousands of UWW team members we partner with every day, United Way is getting stronger because of the unique perspectives and experiences that each person brings to the table. This is a transformative moment for United Way, and I look forward to working alongside these global leaders.” , as we bring the organization into a new era of service.”

Odessa B. Jackson, Esq. Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Head of Risk Management

As Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Head of Risk Management, Odessa B. Jackson United Way Worldwide will help navigate the complex elements of the United Way global process, and keep us on track. Jackson brings a broad range of corporate, legal, and not-for-profit management experience to the role of general counsel. She joined United Way from University of Science in PhiladelphiaShe has held the position of General Counsel, Head of Compliance and Secretary to the Board of Directors since 2017. Prior to her work at University of ScienceFor 12 years, Jackson served as Principal Deputy General Counsel at Howard UniversityShe has worked on all international and domestic legal affairs, including student affairs, corporate governance, compliance, ethics investigations, and employment matters. Jackson received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from American University And her legal doctor from University of North Carolina School of Law.

Omoiye O. Kinney – Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

As Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Omoiye O. Kinney will craft the narrative behind United Way Worldwide’s work, reaching new audiences by telling the organization’s stories. Kinney is an accomplished marketer with deep experience in brand strategy, marketing, communications, digital engagement, and member relationships—particularly with federated organizations such as the YMCA at the national and local levels. Most recently, Kenny served as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Technology for the YMCA’s YMCA Great Charlotte Provide strategic vision and direction for brand positioning and fundraising campaigns. It has also devised strategies to grow membership and increase revenue by leveraging technology, developing cause-driven marketing partnerships and driving the participation of members and donors. She holds a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Springfield College Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Temple University.

Lionel Para Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

As Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Lionel Para You will ensure that United Way Worldwide’s resources are managed responsibly and utilized to maximize community impact. Barra has enjoyed an extensive career, highlighted by his extensive global experience MexicoAnd Latin americathe Asia Pacific The region and the United States has expertise in financial planning and analysis, international finance, capital and cash management, risk framework, and change management. Parra comes to UWW from Freddie Mac, where he has helped create a new strategic organization to integrate risk management and finance operations, and has led the business center of excellence for these two divisions. Prior to Freddy Mac, Barra worked at GE for 15 years, last serving as Chief Financial Officer and Head of Pricing – Corporate Finance, for GE Capital’s commercial lending unit. Barra also served in other leadership positions at General Electric in BangkokAnd Hong Kong and the United States. Barra holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting from Autonomous University de . Chihuahua, Mexico. He earned his CPA certification from the Texas Public Accounting Board and graduated from the GE Financial Expert Leadership Program (EFLP).

Sonal Shah Interim Executive Vice President, Web Development

As Interim Executive Vice President for Global Network Advancement, Sonal Shah You will lead the US and International Network teams to work with the local United Ways to help achieve the greatest impact for the UWW communities. Shah is a global leader in social impact and innovation. She has initiated and led social impact efforts in academia, government, the private sector and philanthropy for over 25 years. Most recently, Shah founded and led the Asian American Foundation (TAAF), the largest charitable organization for the Asian American community. Shah was Obama’s deputy assistant and led the Office of Social Innovation at the White House. in a Georgetown University Beck Center for Social Impact and Innovation, Shah established the first multidisciplinary center to provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to work on social impact projects in the public, private and social sectors. In 2020, Shah served as the mayor’s director of national policy Buttigieg’s house Presidential election campaign. She has also worked in the private sector with Goldman Sachs, Google, and government at the US Treasury on international development.

Tim Berger – Senior Fellow at United Way

As the inaugural Senior Fellow of the United Way, Tim Berger It is part of the launch of an exciting new initiative that will leverage the expertise of senior corporate executives to provide guidance and support in their specific area of ​​expertise. The United Way Senior Fellows Program will provide fresh perspective and insights from a wide range of industry leaders and put them to work in support of United Way’s mission. Berger joined after retiring in 2021 from a distinguished career at Mastercard where he held the position of Executive Vice President, Global Tax. He played a prominent role with members of Congress on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. This background and experience will play an important role as United Way advances its transformation and charts a new path of financial growth.

About United Way Worldwide

United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. With global reach and local influence, we make life better for 48 million people annually. United Way is the largest privately funded nonprofit organization in the world, operating in 95% of American communities and 40 countries and territories. That’s why we’re our mission of choice for 2.5 million volunteers, 7.7 million donors, and 45,000 corporate partners in nearly 1,200 communities. In the wake of COVID-19, we are helping people to stay home, stockpile their stores, and protect their lives and livelihoods. We work to build just and resilient societies. Learn more at UnitedWay.org.

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