United Way Welcomes New Talent To Key Leadership Positions

Joining United Way’s work bringing lasting positive change to the region in the areas of education, income, health and basic needs are two highly effective and accomplished leaders:

Jose Rico, Senior Vice President of Community Investment

Jose Rico joins UWMC as Senior Vice President of Community Investment. In this role, Jose leads the team that works closely with community leaders and human service agencies to ensure effective and efficient implementation of programs, integrity of investments and measurable outcomes toward United Way’s impact goals.

Jose will further steward the implementation of United Way’s LIVE UNITED 2020 community impact plan [link] and advance our innovative Neighborhood Network model of concentrated and integrated service delivery in neighborhoods of need.

Jose brings a valuable mix of experience to this role, ranging from grass-roots community based leadership, to high-level government and granting experience, to school administration. Most recently, Jose was the Director of the Illinois Center for School Improvement, which delivers high-quality, research-based state-wide support services to raise student performance. He also served 5 years as the Executive Director of the White House Initiative 0n Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

Jose was a Founding Principal at the Multicultural Arts School at the Little Village/Lawndale High School Campus, which opened in 2005. He also served as Director of Community Organizing at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights; and started his career as the Program Director at Public Allies.

Important to achieving our goals, Jose embraces an innovative approach to community solutions and an entrepreneurial spirit.

Ann Manikas, Vice-President of Human Resources and Inclusion

Ann Manikas joined United Way of Metropolitan Chicago on March 12 as Vice President of Human Resources. Ann leads United Way’s work in aligning culture, talent, performance and inclusion strategies in order to most effectively meet our community-impact goals. Ann joins United Way with extensive experience in organizational design, organizational effectiveness, leadership development and senior/executive team alignment. Most recently, Ann served as the Vice President responsible for leadership and organizational development at ITW.

Additionally, Jeanette Castellanos Butt promoted to Vice-President of Community Investments

Jeanette Castellanos Butt has been promoted to Vice-President, Community Investment, from her position as Senior Director, Community Investment. Jeanette leads United Way’s work in education, income, health and basic needs. Since Jeanette joined UWMC four years ago, she has demonstrated significant leadership on all fronts and has been a driving force in implementing our community impact plan.

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