Angela F. Williams is making history as the first Black woman to become the CEO of United Way Worldwide in the organization’s 130+ year history, AfroTech reports.
Williams has an extensive background spanning 30 years, serving as management for a number of major non-profits including the YMCA of the USA. She currently serves as president and CEO of Easterseals, which provides disability services for those in need and was recently named as one of Forbes’ 2021 Women 50 Over 50 Creating Social Change at Scale. Now, the leadership veteran has been named as the next president and CEO of United Way Worldwide.
Dr. Juliette M. Tuakli, Chair of United Way Worldwide Board of Trustees, spoke about the significance of Williams’ appointment.
“We wanted a leader who could mobilize our United Way Network, our supporters and United Way Worldwide around a clear vision grounded in the imperative to create greater impact, equity and growth in communities,” Tuakli said.
“Angela’s background and experience make her uniquely suited to create and drive this vision. The CEO search committee was impressed by her strategic acumen, innovative thinking, and purpose-driven mindset, which we believe will offer a fresh perspective in reimagining United Way and ensuring that we remain relevant and impactful for years to come,” Tuakli added via statement.
Williams is set to begin her new role this October 15th and says she’s excited to get to work.
“I am absolutely honored to join the world’s leading charity at a key moment in the organization’s history and world events. Around the world, issues of health, education and economic sustainability are at the forefront of ensuring equality and access to a good quality of life. I recognize and appreciate the tremendous role that United Way Worldwide plays in supporting individuals and families and transforming communities,” she said.