CINCINNATI – To Chikere Uchegbu, living united is about improving things in his everyday life.
“It could be as small as walking down the street and seeing what needs to be done … and then doing it. It’s thinking about what people need and recognizing solutions,” says Uchegbu.
United Way of Greater Cincinnati has named Uchegbu the new manager of Strategic Public Policy for Northern Kentucky. The current priority for this region is expanding early childhood education opportunities for 3 and 4 year olds.
“Early education is our number one priority. We want to ensure Kentucky’s children have access to an early education program and once they get there, that the program is quality rated,” he says.
Uchegbu will engage Kentucky’s elected officials in advancing the Bold Goals for Our Region in education, income and health, and help our community members connect with their elected officials. He will also work with community partners on policy and funding opportunities and help them be effective participants in state and local government.
“We are very excited to have Chikere join our team to lead our policy work to achieve the Bold Goals in Kentucky. He brings a deep knowledge of government and public policy and a tremendous passion for seeking community solutions,” says Margaret Hulbert, vice president, Strategic Resources and Public Policy, United Way of Greater Cincinnati.
Uchegbu brings extensive experience in community and government affairs to Kentucky. Prior to joining United Way, he served as deputy director of government affairs for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and as assistant director of government affairs to Governor Deval Patrick in Massachusetts.
Uchegbu received his Master of Science in Public Administration and International Relations and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, both from the University of Massachusetts in Boston.