Woodland Resident to Help Lead Local United Way

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

“United Way’s work aligns with many of my core beliefs on caring and supporting our children and teens,” Miller said. “Our children are our most valued treasure, and they hold the keys to our future. I have the privilege of witnessing United Way making a difference in the lives of families in communities across our five-county region. Through United Way’s Square One approach to end poverty by caring and raising funds to ensure our children have equitable education and opportunities, the work of my fellow volunteers and United Way’s staff, we will continue to serve our community’s needs.”

Miller recently retired as vice president of operations and carrier relations at Wraith Scarlett & Randolph Insurance Services in Woodland, where she has lived since 1980. She began volunteering with United Way in 1981 and has served on the boards of directors for United Way California Capital Region and the former Woodland United Way, and also served as co-chair of United Way’s Women United action group leadership council. She was a member of the committee that worked to merge the two United Way groups in 2019. She received United Way California Capital Region’s Frances Wisebart Jacobs Award in 2019 for her longevity of service to United Way, generosity of giving and passion to address pressing societal issues.

“Ruth has been a dedicated leader on our board of directors for years and has served in countless community leadership positions, including chairing our Yolo Community Advisory Council that formed after she helped lead our merger with Woodland United Way,” said Amber Lovett, interim president and CEO, United Way California Capital Region. “As vice chair of our board, Ruth will lead us in our continued commitment to Yolo County and our capital region.”

The board also elected Oyango Snell, a senior vice president of the Western States Petroleum Association, as board 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.