United Way of Metro Chicago is pleased to announce the appointment of Maya Hardy as the Chief Professional Officer for the South-Southwest Suburban Regional office. As Chief Professional Officer, Hardy is responsible for leading the implementation of United Way of Metro Chicago’s strategic priorities within the south-southwest suburban region, overseeing community impact efforts and representing United Way in south suburban communities. Hardy also serves as the lead staff member supporting the recruitment, cultivation and engagement of the South-Southwest Suburban Regional Board of Directors.
Hardy joined United Way in 2013 as a grants manager and has held various positions within the organization prior to her appointment as Chief Professional Officer. In her tenure with United Way, Hardy has exceeded grant outcomes, facilitated capacity building workshops for partner agencies, increased board engagement and expanded the April Food Day donation drive to benefit food pantries across the south suburbs. In addition, Hardy served as a liaison to the Southland Human Services Leadership Council, expanding the Council to over 60 members, securing a $70,000 grant from the Chicago Community Trust, facilitating legislative forums and executing health and resource fairs in the south suburbs.
“Maya has demonstrated exceptional leadership in the south suburbs and has moved our work forward through her connections within the community,” said United Way of Metro Chicago’s Chief Operating Officer, Joe Vanyo. “We are thrilled that Maya is taking the next step with United Way as our Chief Professional Officer and we look forward to her continued dedication and commitment to building stronger neighborhoods.”