Angela F. Williams

Angela F. Williams Named New President and CEO of United Way Worldwide


Angela F. Williams has been tapped as the next president and CEO of United Way Worldwide.

The appointment means that Williams will be the first woman and first African American to lead the organization.

“I am absolutely honored to join the world’s leading charity at a key moment in the organization’s history and world events,” Williams said in a statement.

“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. I am committed to working with the Board, volunteers, partners and staff to build on the rich legacy of the organization in its second century of service.”

United Way is an international network of over 1,800 local non-profit fundraising affiliates. The organization is focused on creating community-based and community-led solutions that strengthen the cornerstones for a good quality of life: education, financial stability and health.

Williams currently serves as president and CEO of Easterseals. Her appointment takes effect on October 15, 2021.

The South Carolina native has held several major executive leadership roles over the course of her career. For 11 years, she held the roles of executive vice president, general counsel, and chief administration officer at YMCA of the USA. She also served as the interfaith liaison for the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund.

“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,” said Dr. Juliette M. Tuakli, Chair of United Way Worldwide Board of Trustees.

“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.”

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