The United Way of Western Connecticut (UWWC) Board of Directors announced today that Kimberly Morgan of New Fairfield, CT has been named Chief Executive Officer.
Morgan was chosen from 130 applicants following a nationwide search.
“We received many highly qualified applicants for this position over the last five months, from both the non-profit and for-profit sectors,” said Jim Schmotter, President of Western Connecticut State University and Chair of the Executive Search Committee. “With each round of applicant reviews and interviews, Kim Morgan stood out. In addition to her years of experience, Kim has a deep knowledge of the needs in our community. She’s a visionary leader with the strategic insight to lead this organization into the future, and above all, a true passion for the work of United Way.”
Morgan has been with United Way of Western Connecticut for seven years, serving in several capacities including communications, human resources, and strategic planning. Prior to her most recent position as Interim CEO, she was the Chief Operating Officer for the organization.
Morgan’s background is in the mental health field, having worked for 15 years with both adults and adolescents with mental health and substance abuse issues in residential programs. She also has experience in programs that provide basic needs support to low-income and homeless populations, and has provided training to organizations on outcome measures, grant writing, and communications.
“I’m very honored to be chosen as the next leader for the United Way of Western Connecticut. I believe in the value of connecting people with each other to improve lives, and United Way is about improving the common good for all. I’ve spent the last 25 years working alongside amazing people overcoming extreme obstacles in their lives. I hope in my new role that I can connect people’s aspirations with those who need hope and help during these difficult times” states Morgan.
On a volunteer level, Kim has served on several boards including a faith-based organization and a community foundation and helped coordinate a breakfast program serving the homeless for ten years. Kim has also been a licensed foster parent for the Department of Children and Families for the last 11 years.
Kimberly holds a B.A. in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Management Communications.
“We are thrilled to have Kim onboard to guide this organization going forward,” said Brooke Feder, Chair of United Way of Western Connecticut’s Board of Directors. “She brings a wealth of experience from within social service and charitable foundation work – and as Interim CEO over the last 6 months, Kim has already proven that she’s a respected leader and a keen advocate who will ensure that we make major strides to improve quality of life in our communities.”