United Way of Snohomish County names new president

Oct 19, 2016
Allison Warren-Barbour

United Way of Snohomish County has hired Allison Warren-Barbour as its new president and CEO. Her first day of work will be Jan. 1, 2017.

Warren-Barbour previously served as a senior vice president for the United Way of the Greater Triangle. The Greater Triangle includes the Durham, Johnston, Orange and Wake coun-ties of North Carolina.

As the senior vice president of resource development and engagement, Warren-Barbour led a team in developing innovative approaches to solving the Triangle's most complex social issues that families face.

“The United Way system is in a time of transformation as we work to deepen the rele-vance of the organization, both for the people we serve and for our stakeholders,” Warren-Barbour said.

“I am honored to be selected, and look forward to bringing my experience in North Caro-lina where we successfully implemented a collective impact strategy, which has already begun to shift lives of vulnerable families.”

Warren-Barbour’s nonprofit career started in Atlanta, where she worked for Operation HOPE, a financial literacy nonprofit, before joining the United Way of Greater Atlanta in 2009.

Over the course of her career, Allison has raised more than $100 million in community investments.

Most recently, she launched a $1.5 million “Innovate United” incubator fund to help cre-ate an ecosystem of social entrepreneurs with investable ideas.

Warren-Barbour has been integral in transforming United Way of the Greater Triangle into a collective impact model, which builds collaborative partnerships with local problem-solvers through individual and corporate engagement, major gifts and grants, as well as social innova-tion.

She feels strongly that this new model requires innovative approaches to tapping capital markets. She has worked diligently to align fundraising and impact by reorganizing internal re-sources around individual engagement and corporate partnerships.

“Snohomish County has always held a special place in my heart, and I am delighted to now call it home,” Warren-Barbour said. “I am honored to serve alongside passionate staff, board and community members who understand the complexity of poverty and the bold, col-laborative work required to break the cycle.”

She holds a bachelor’s degree in business, with a focus on change management and organizational behavior, as well as a master of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Semi-nary.

Gary Cohn, chair of the United Way of Snohomish County board, praised Warren-Barbour’s leadership experience and preparation for her new role.

“Allison clearly demonstrated that she understands the challenges facing United Ways across the country, and our United Way in Snohomish County,” he said.

“She impressed board members, staff and community partners with her knowledge of our collective impact strategy, breaking the cycle of poverty, and her creative approaches to transforming United Way’s role in resource development in a digital age.”

Cohn noted that dozens of board members, staff, partner agencies and community members who participated in the extensive national search that resulted in Warren-Barbour’s selection.

United Way is committed to breaking the cycle of poverty in Snohomish County. The nonprofit works with partners to improve education outcomes, reduce the number of struggling households and ensure basic needs are met.

Find out more about United Way of Snohomish County, including how to give or volun-teer, and how United Way serves our community, by visiting www.uwsc.org.


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