We are so excited to welcome Deborah E. Stevens, a skilled financial professional with significant financial management and leadership experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors, as the organization’s Chief Financial Officer. Stevens will oversee United Way’s enterprise risk management initiative and the accounting, finance, donor services and administration functions.
Stevens joins United Way from Footprint Retail Services where she most recently served as the Chief Executive Officer and previously as the Chief Financial Officer. In these roles, she successfully increased revenue organically and by building a new line of service, implemented metrics to improve quality of operations, integrated an acquisition, designed and implemented new management and inventory systems and improved accounting, human resources and information technology controls. Previously, Stevens was tapped to be the Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer for the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago and assist the CEO with the organization’s turnaround. During her tenure, the organization substantially increased annual operating net revenue, annual cash flow, and the endowment.
“Deborah brings a solid background in financial management and operations to United Way,” said Wendy DuBoe, President and CEO of United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, “Her experience and intellect will continue to move our organization forward and we are excited that she has joined our team.”
Stevens served as a Managing Director in the Capital Markets group at First Chicago where she worked with large multinational corporations in the Midwest and built a $35 million revenue portfolio of business. Stevens received her undergraduate degree from Miami University in Ohio and an MBA, with concentrations in Finance and Accounting, from the University of Texas in Austin. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.