Submitted by: Charmaine S. Curtis, Communications Manager, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
Former COO and Senior Deputy Commerce Director for City of Philadelphia’s
Commerce Department to Lead United Way’s Impact Agenda and Innovation Strategy
Kevin Dow has been named Senior Vice President of Impact and Innovation at United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ). In this role, he will lead United Way’s regional Impact agenda, developing and executing strategies that address critical needs in local communities, improving education, income, and health in nine counties across Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey.
Under Dow’s leadership, UWGPSNJ will invest its Impact Fund in organizations and United Way-led programs and initiatives that ensure children start kindergarten ready to learn; students read at grade level by third grade; youth graduate from high school ready for college and career; households have the income and assets necessary to be financially stable and economically independent; and that individuals and families have access to resources they need to lead healthy lives and have their basic needs met.
“Kevin has a proven track record of leading high-performing, results-oriented initiatives to help boost our region overall,” said Jill Michal, president and CEO of UWGPSNJ. “He is a strategic thinker and leader with a solid foundation in business, finance, government and nonprofit leadership, and we are thrilled to have him lead our Impact work. With a strong relationship management skillset and a passion for philanthropy, Kevin’s expertise will help us be an effective leader and partner in this region, driving measurable, lasting Impact that none of us can achieve alone.”
Prior to joining United Way, Dow served for five years as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Deputy Commerce Director for the City of Philadelphia’s Commerce Department, where he led strategic efforts to help both small businesses and major corporations in Philadelphia thrive, ultimately increasing economic development in the city. In this role, Kevin cultivated relationships with key stakeholders throughout the Philadelphia business community including the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the African Am