United Way California Capital Region Begins Search For New President And CEO

News Release

June 21, 2013 – United Way California Capital Region announced today that it is launching a search for a new president and CEO to succeed Steve Heath, who is leaving at the end of June.

“I have been thinking about this for some time,” said Heath, who became United Way’s CEO in November 2004. “The timing seems right. We have a strong senior management team and a talented and committed staff overall.

“I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished during my tenure. Despite a difficult economy and challenging fundraising environment, we have held our own better than most other California United Ways while getting positive results with our Community Impact projects.

“United Way is financially stable, enjoys excellent relationships across the nonprofit sector and is positioned to continue to evolve, grow and serve the emerging needs of the regional community.”

United Way board chair Carolyn Mullins expressed confidence that the organization will continue to be a leader. “It is sad that Steve is departing, but we wish him well and thank him for leaving us with a strong organization that serves our community very well.”

Mullins said that the board will form a search committee to find a replacement for Heath and will post the position description on United Way’s website shortly.

In the interim, Victoria Kosha, senior vice president for finance and administration, will also perform the duties of president. Heath has committed to remaining available to assist the organization until the transition to a new executive is completed.

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.