United Way elects four new board members

News Release

February 13, 2013 – Four community leaders have been elected to United Way California Capital Region’s board of directors for the first time, and five current directors were reelected. New directors include Nancy Bui-Thompson, SMUD 2012 board president, Brad Liggett, vice president for the Pacific Coast region of Allied Insurance, Natasha Mata, Four River Market president for Wells Fargo Bank, and Yvonne Walker, president of SEIU Local 1000.

Re-elected to the board were Dan Drummond, West Sacramento police chief, Dr. Robert Harris, community volunteer, Genevieve Shiroma, chair of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board, Allen Taylor, business consultant, and Dave Wilson, partner with Grant Bennett Public Accountants.

“We continue to be blessed with outstanding community leaders on our board,” said Steve Heath, United Way president and CEO. “It is vital that we have high caliber volunteers such as these as we work to address pressing issues in education, health and financial stability across our region.”

Bui-Thompson is a former technology consultant with Accenture and Deloitte and was recognized by the Sacramento Business Journal as one of 2011’s 40 Under 40. In addition to serving as board president for SMUD, she represents Rancho Cordova on the Sacramento Regional Human Rights/Fair Housing Commission advisory board and is a member of the national advisory board for the New Leaders Council, a nonprofit that trains and supports the next generation of political leaders and entrepreneurs.
Bui-Thompson was a Marshall Memorial Fellow for 2012.

A 26-year veteran with Allied/Nationwide, Liggett is responsible for operations in California and Nevada. Prior to coming to Sacramento, he was regional vice president for Nationwide Insurance in Nashville and responsible for the south central states. He is actively involved in Allied’s community engagement activities, including the annual United Way campaign, which again this year posted an increase.

Mata is responsible for 600 team members and 44 banking stores in Placer, Butte, Shasta, Colusa, Nevada, Yolo, Yuba and Tehama counties. A 17-year financial services veteran, Mata joined Wells Fargo in 1996. Previously, she was community banking president for the North New Mexico region in Albuquerque, where she was active with United Way of Central New Mexico. Prior to that, Mata held various positions in retail banking, including personal banker, assistant manager, service manager, store manager and district manager.

Since 2008, Walker has led the largest union representing state employees with 95,000 members in nine bargaining units representing workers ranging from office technicians to IT professionals to bridge inspectors. Walker serves on the executive board of SEIU International and is a former Marine who has been in state service since 1995. She is also chair of the executive board of the Sacramento Central Labor Council.

For 90 years, United Way California Capital Region has actively worked to address the community’s most pressing issues, now focusing on innovative solutions related to high school graduation rates, household financial stability and obesity. United Way’s team of nonprofits, businesses, donors and volunteers are working together to provide positive, measurable results on these issues through United Way projects: STAR Readers, $en$e-Ability and Fit Kids. Community members can give, volunteer and advocate in support of the causes they care most about, benefiting United Way and hundreds of nonprofits in Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties. United Way is an independent, local affiliate of United Way Worldwide. For more information, visit www.yourlocalunitedway.org .