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United Way of the Bluegrass selects Tomothy Johnson as newest president and CEO

The United Way of the Bluegrass (UWBG) Board of Directors announced the unanimous approval and selection of Timothy Johnson as the new President and CEO for the organization today following an extensive five-month search.

“We received over 60 applications from candidates in Central Kentucky and throughout the country,” said Dr. Don Tharpe, Chair of the executive search committee and member of the Board of Directors. “There were many excellent candidates, but Timothy stood out during a very thorough search and rigorous evaluation process. He was unanimously selected by both the committee and Board.”

Timothy Johnson

Johnson will join the organization as a veteran nonprofit and public sector professional, and currently serves as the Chief Strategy and Impact Officer at United Way of the National Capital Area. In his role there he managed community engagement, volunteerism, capacity building, public policy, marketing and communications, grantmaking, and over $12M in programmatic investments across two states and 11 counties in the Greater Washington D.C. area. Johnson said that the position in Lexington was appealing, in part because of the community itself. “I am so pleased to make my home in such an impressive regional community with a strong history of philanthropic and community engagement. Leading UWBG is a dream come true and I look forward to building and nurturing the partnerships throughout the community that will allow us to be the region’s philanthropic partner of choice.”

Johnson will help UWBG identify new resources, partnerships and opportunities to help lead the organization forward in its fight for the basic needs, education and financial stability of every person in Central Kentucky. “Timothy has the leadership, expertise and energy that we need to build partnerships and move forward in our community. He will help lead the way for greater impacts, partnerships and collaborations,” said Paul Rooke, Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Prior to entering the nonprofit sector, Johnson worked in public service in various roles at the New York City Departments of Employment and Small Business Services, and NYC Workforce Investment Board. He has extensive workforce and youth development experience, as well as a broad background in program management and operations, and has dedicated most of his career to eradicating poverty and promoting equity and diversity. He previously served in leadership roles at United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern NJ, United Way of NYC and the Robin Hood Foundation, a New York City-based philanthropy.

Johnson received the Washington Business Journal’s 2019 Minority Business Leader Award, is a graduate fellow of Public-Private Venture’s Workforce Leaders Academy, a recipient of Harlem YMCA’s National Black Achiever in Industry award, and in 2016 he received the North Carolina Central University’s 40 Under 40 Alumni Award for contributions to his community. He is also an alumnus of Leadership Prince George’s Class 2016 and Leadership Greater Washington Class 2018. He enjoys practicing community service through his memberships as a proud Prince Hall Freemason, Shriner and life member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Johnson holds a Bachelors of Science in Biology from North Carolina Central University and a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy. He serves on the Board of Directors of City Year DC, Leadership Prince George’s and KBS Foundation Limited.

Mr. Johnson will assume the role of President and CEO with United Way of the Bluegrass in early September, when he and his wife Opa will relocate to the Central Kentucky area.

From United Way of the Bluegrass

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