Wendy DuBoe is the President and Chief Executive Officer for United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, the largest private funder of health and human services in the Chicago region. In this capacity, Ms. DuBoe plays a leadership role in working with staff, volunteers, donors, and community partners to maximize the impact of United Way’s $53 million raised to invest in communities of greatest need. Ms. DuBoe has worked for more than two decades in both the private and not-for-profit sectors and is committed to using her background to make a difference in the lives of those most vulnerable. Her background spans research, strategic planning, program and business development, fundraising, marketing and communications, community relations, public policy, government affairs and the operation and management of local offices.
Since joining United Way in 2003, she led the effort to move United Way’s investment to greater measurable impact in three critical areas: Financial Stability, Health and Education. She has spearheaded new civic initiatives, built community coalitions and developed public policy partnerships. She also played a pivotal leadership role in bringing together United Way’s regional merger of 54 local offices into one metropolitan system, unifying staff and volunteers, integrating investments and operations, and eliminating cost across the territory.
Prior to joining United Way, she was Vice President of the Seminars Program at the Aspen Institute where she oversaw content, operations and marketing for the Institute’s keystone leadership program. As Director of Business Development, she played a leadership role in strategy and business development for Ameritech International in the European market. Wendy started her career as a Program Officer for The Chicago Council on Foreign Relations.
Ms. DuBoe graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Economics and Psychology. She earned her M.A. in International Economics and International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She also received a General Course Degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Wendy served as a member of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2011 Transition Team, acts as a commissioner of the Governor’s Human Services Commission, and chairs the board of FEMA’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program for Chicago and Cook County. She sits on the Illinois Governing Board for 211 as well as the Governing Board of the State of Illinois Open Door Program Initiative. She has collaborated on health and human service publications and authored telecommunications and economic development policy statements. She is a member of the International MENSA Society.