Oyango Snell to Lead Local United Way as Board Chair


SACRAMENTO (August 31, 2021) – Oyango Snell will lead United Way California Capital Region into its 100th anniversary year as chair of the local nonprofit’s board of directors. Snell was elected to the position in July.

“My work with local United Way organizations began as a project manager in the 1990s in Central Ohio where we worked to improve neighborhoods through economic development and human services,” Snell said. “I couldn’t be more humbled and proud to lead a group of passionate and dedicated community leaders in the California capital region as we work together alongside talented, committed staff and stakeholders to advance our commitment to end poverty and provide our youth with endless opportunities for success.”    

Snell serves as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for the Western States Petroleum Association. Prior to that position, he served as chief legislative and regulatory counsel in multiple states representing the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America and worked in state government relations in the public and private sectors in Columbus, Ohio. He earned his law degree at The Ohio State University, MBA from Franklin University in Columbus and bachelor’s degree from Central State University, a historically Black college in Wilberforce, Ohio. 

“Oyango helped lead United Way through the unexpected challenges of the pandemic last year as our board vice chair,” said Amber Lovett, interim president and CEO, United Way California Capital Region. “I am confident in his leadership this year as we search for our new president and CEO and prepare to celebrate 100 years of working toward building a stronger, healthier, more compassionate region.”

The board also elected Ruth Miller, retired from Wraith Scarlett and Randoph Insurance Services in Woodland, as board vice chair and added new member Jason Clarke from Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Dave Bowen, retired from Deloitte, will continue as treasurer, and Steve Lins of SMUD will serve as immediate past chair.  

For nearly 100 years, United Way California Capital Region has brought local people together to make community change happen. With a mission to build stronger, healthier and more compassionate communities, the local United Way starts at square one: helping every family succeed so their community can too. Serving Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties, the local United Way is working to meet its 20-year commitment to significantly reduce poverty in the region by building capacity in undervalued communities, creating meaningful partnerships, seeking equity in education and making social justice investments in families. For more information or to make a donation, visit YourLocalUnitedWay.org.