United Way of Metropolitan Chicago Board of Directors Appoints Wendy DuBoe as Chief Executive Officer
United Way of Metropolitan Chicago’s board of directors announces Wendy DuBoe has been named President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the organization. She was named interim CEO in January after serving as Chief Operating Officer. In her role as CEO, DuBoe will be responsible for executing United Way’s 10-year vision, LIVE UNITED 2020 – United Way’s commitment to mobilize income, education and health resources into 17 community areas of greatest need.
“Wendy has played a key role in United Way’s forward looking strategic initiatives, which coupled with her track record of strong leadership, makes her an ideal choice to be the new CEO. She was an architect of United Way’s community investment vision in income, education and health. Wendy also possesses an unwavering commitment to our mission and strong connections throughout Chicago. Our board strongly believes she is the right leader to build upon the LIVE UNITED 2020 vision,” said Ellen Costello, chair of the board for United Way of Metropolitan Chicago.
DuBoe joined United Way in 2003 and has been at the forefront of moving United Way’s investments to greater impact in three critical areas: income, education and health. Last September, United Way announced its transformational 10-year commitment, LIVE UNITED 2020. In 17 community areas (45 neighborhoods), United Way will: advance economic stability for 100,000 households, help 50,000 underperforming middle school kids enter high school ready to succeed, and connect over 200,000 people with available, preventative health services. Annually, United Way will continue to answer the immediate crisis needs of one million people by providing shelter, food and freedom from violence.
United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, the largest private funder of human services, raises, invests and leverages more than $53 million in support of families and individuals in need, connecting families to the building blocks of economic stability through interventions in the areas of: income, education and health. United Way of Metropolitan Chicago is part of United Way Worldwide, the largest non-profit in the world, which raises $5 billion annually.
DuBoe was also instrumental 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 being appointed CEO, DuBoe served as Chief Operating Officer. In this role, she played a key leadership role in working with staff, volunteers, donors and community partners to maximize the impact of United Way’s investment in communities of greatest need.
DuBoe currently serves as an active member of Governor Quinn’s Human Services Commission. She served as member of Rahm Emanuel’s 2011 Transition Team and chairs the board of FEMA’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program for Chicago and Cook County. DuBoe 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.
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).