Recently United Ways of Washington, the trade association for 23 local United Way organizations in Washington State, elected new officers for 2014 and hired a new CEO.
Jim Cooper steps into the role of President & CEO to lead United Ways of Washington into the future. Jim has nearly two decades of nonprofit, corporate and government leadership experience working with community organizations, governments and businesses to achieve positive outcomes for people and the environment. He is an Army Veteran, Eagle Scout and currently serves on the Olympia City Council and the Board of the Washington Association for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention (WASAVP).
“This is an exciting time for United Ways of Washington! Jim brings a strong background in public policy and capacity building that will serve the United Way network and the broader citizens of Washington well.” said Paul Knox, new Chair of United Ways of Washington. “With Jim at the helm, UWW will continue to be a leader in advocating for policies and programs that promote and expand early learning in Washington State. We know that Early Learning is one of the most valuable investments we can make in our kids and their future United Ways are committed to bringing more partners to the table to make sure those investments are adequate and well-targeted.”
The new 2014 Board officers are these local United Way executives:
- Chair: Paul Knox, United Way of Thurston County
- Vice Chair: Dennis Smith, United Way of Snohomish County
- Secretary: Debra Lancaster, United Way of Skagit County
- Treasurer: Peter Theisen, United Way of Whatcom County
- Past Chair: Jody Moss, United Way of Clallam County
United Ways of Washington has worked since 1979 to advance the common good throughout Washington State by enhancing the individual and collective ability of member United Ways to impact their communities and collaborate on regional and statewide issues. With a unified voice and shared learning community we are able to leverage our network to have an impact on all Washingtonians.
United Ways in Washington State are committed to improving lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities to advance the common good in the areas of education, income and health. United Ways of Washington and local United Ways believe that to keep our communities strong, we need to prioritize services to help vulnerable populations, notably children and seniors.
For more information please visit www.unitedway-wa.org.