United Way Bay Area (UWBA) CEO Anne Wilson has announced her retirement after 40 years of service—she joined the nonprofit in 1980 and became its first female CEO in 2000. Under Anne’s leadership, UWBA has raised more than $580 million from corporate and individual donors who trust the nonprofit organization to meet pressing community needs by creating and supporting effective poverty-fighting programs. Anne’s last day at the helm of UWBA will be February 28, 2020. United Way Worldwide (UWW) is conducting a national search for her replacement and she will work with UWBA to facilitate a smooth transition this Spring. In her 20 years as CEO, Anne has worked effectively to address the dramatic rise in income inequality in the Bay Area and fundamental changes in philanthropy while maintaining UWBA’s focus on alleviating poverty.
“My work at United Way has inspired me every day for 40 years. It has been such a privilege to serve our community alongside extraordinary United Way volunteer leaders, visionary donors and our talented staff team. Together, we have built enduring cross-sector coalitions to break the cycle of poverty in our region. I know that United Way will continue to fight for the education, health and financial stability of every person in every community.“