For Immediate Release
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First Woman to Lead United Way Recognized for Community Service Expertise
Cincinnati, OH – (Jan. 29, 2020) Following a nationwide search, United Way of Greater Cincinnati’s Executive Board of Directors has named Moira Weir, a seasoned non-profit professional with extensive service to the community, as the organization’s next President and CEO. Weir currently leads Hamilton County Job and Family Services (JFS) -- an organization that helps hundreds of thousands of Hamilton County families and children each year. She will assume her new role on March 23.
“Moira’s commitment to community, diversity and servant leadership, paired with her ability to make a measureable impact, uniquely qualify her to lead United Way as we evolve our role and enhance our impact in the community,” said Barbara Turner, Vice Chair and Chair Elect of the United Way Board, President and Chief Operating Officer of Ohio National Financial Services and a member of the search committee.
“This transition is an opportunity for me to continue my work around financial sustainability for families, but on a broader, more regional scale,” said Weir. “I look forward to leading an organization with more than 100 years of service to the community. I am passionate about this work and eager to start. You will soon see me out in the region listening, learning and engaging stakeholders, donors and community partners as we develop a pathway forward.”
A highly diverse search committee comprised of leaders from the community, social service agencies and business recommended Weir following an extensive national search. The search included a large pool of prospective candidates from nonprofit, corporate and public institutions.
Weir Has Led Comprehensive, Innovative Community Programs
Weir, who started as a frontline Children’s Services worker at Job and Family Services 27 years ago, rose through the ranks to ultimately lead the organization for the past 12 years. As director of the agency, she is responsible for a multitude of programs, including food, cash and medical assistance, publicly funded childcare, child and adult protection, child support and employment assistance. Job and Family Services has more than 900 employees and a $2.1 billion dollar annual budget.
Weir has been an advocate for innovation and change management at JFS. During her tenure as director, the agency has received awards for 12 different innovative programs from the National Association of Counties.
Community and Business Leaders Applaud Appointment
“Moira is the right person at the right time to lead United Way,” said Ozie Davis, President of Ozie Davis & Associates. “She is an authentic, compassionate, and enlightened leader engaged with the community and the people United Way serves. I trust that Moira's experiences will take United Way to new heights as we address the plague of poverty and redefine best practice strategies for social service delivery."
“The board has made an excellent choice. Moira is highly respected in the community, and I look forward to working with her on United Way’s 2020 Community Fundraising Campaign,” said David Taylor, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer at Procter & Gamble.
John F. Barrett, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Western & Southern Financial Group, also weighed in. “An inspired choice. She is comfortable working with anyone, from the business community to the clients served by United Way. Moira is just what is needed at this unique time in United Way’s storied history.”
Pastor Ennis Tate, New Beginnings Church of the Living God and President of the Faith and Community Alliance, noted, "The mark of a true leader is reflected in that person's ability to leverage resources, manage partnerships, and create a shared vision. For the past 12 years, Moira Weir has led JFS to new levels in serving families throughout Hamilton County. She is a team builder and very capable of marshalling United Way staff and agency partners to help families live their best lives."
United Way Continues to Transform
Weir will succeed Ross Meyer, who has led the organization as interim CEO for the last year. “Ross deserves the thanks of the entire community for his leadership of United Way. He effectively kept the organization moving forward, led a highly successful fundraising campaign and continued to make a profound difference in the lives of the more than 330,000 people United Way touches,” said Steve Shifman, President and CEO of Michelman and Chairman of the Board of United Way of Greater Cincinnati.
Weir is joining United Way as the organization takes bold, new steps to address poverty. More than 100,000 families in United Way of Greater Cincinnati’s 10-county, three-state service area are living in poverty. That includes one in three children. United Way recently changed the way it invests in partner organizations to focus even more on children and families in poverty, as well as launched a first-of-its-kind collaboration with partners across the region to create stronger, faster change for these families.
About United Way of Greater Cincinnati
United Way of Greater Cincinnati leads programs and partnerships to help local families move on a path out of poverty with the bold, long-term vision of breaking the cycle of poverty across the region. United Way changes systems and policies across government, corporate and community organizations so they work better for families in poverty. United Way improves lives in 10 counties across Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. It is the largest organized community effort to help families move out of poverty for good. Together, with 90,000 supporters, we unite communities to change lives. Additional information about the programs, initiatives, services, and community impact, is available at UWGC.org #LiveUnited