Marcia McMahon serves as the Regional Chief Professional Officer for the United Way North-Northwest Regional Office. McMahon has been an integral part of United Way of Metropolitan Chicago’s growth and transition over several decades. She became part of the United Way family in 1994 as executive director of the organization’s Mount Prospect and Prospect Heights office. In 2004, she became chief professional officer of the newly formed Northwest Suburban United Way office, directing resource development and community investment efforts, and in 2012, she led the organization through two subsequent consolidations before the final merger in 2012 of North Shore and Northwest.
McMahon is regarded for her extensive volunteer recruitment and management accomplishments, as well as her long association with the health and human service community across Chicago’s northern suburbs. Before coming to United Way, McMahon was an early childhood educator at a small suburban preschool. It was midway through a master’s program at National College of Education that McMahon’s career path changed course. Her father’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis forced her to navigate north suburban health and human services for him, ultimately inspiring her to pursue a career in the nonprofit sector.
McMahon is a proud former cheerleading coach at St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights, where she has consistently led her teams to state finals. She received her bachelor’s degree in English/writing at St. Mary’s College – Notre Dame.