United Way Hires New CEO - Brevard NC


December 10, 2018

Louis Negrón

United Way of Transylvania County (UWTC) Board of Directors has hired Louis Negrón as its new chief executive officer.

The board approved hiring Negron at its Dec. 6 meeting, and he will officially take the leadership reins on Feb. 1.

"I'm excited to join the UWTC team and continue its legacy of community impact. I look forward to building connections in the community and improving opportunities for all our neighbors," Negrón said.

His background includes entrepreneurship and non-profit management, with particular emphasis on relationship building, community action, economic impact and resource development.

He joins UWTC after previously serving as market president for the Southeast Region at Operation HOPE and senior director for Education & Community Engagement with United Way of Greater Atlanta.

He is fluent in Spanish and is an ordained non-denominational minister.

Negrón holds a certificate in social innovation from Mercer University, a master of science in administration from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Mich., and a bachelor of arts in Spanish from Morehouse College in Atlanta.

"Our search committee conducted a nationwide search and attracted over 70 candidates, with a wide range of nonprofit organizational leadership. We got to know Mr. Negrón through the screening and multiple interviews. We look forward to his leadership and welcome him to our community," said Board Member and Search Committee Chair Barbara Boerner.

Negrón replaces Steve Pulliam, who has served as CEO for more than 19 years.

During Pulliam's tenure, annual contributions increased from $190,000 to a high of $503,000 for UWTC's 60th anniversary.

"Steve's impact on our organization and the community is deep and wide. Because of that, I'm as confident as I am excited about what Louis will bring as our new leader. It is worth noting that he won enthusiastic confidence from everyone involved in our search, which included a dozen United Way board members, staff and community leaders," commented Board Chair Terry Decker.

"Steve is dedicated to our local United Way's model of collaborative community impact, and we plan to continue to tap his input and historical perspective as we move forward with Louis," added Maureen Siebera Resource Development Committee chair and long-time Board member.

UWTC empowers people to improve their lives.

Goals are for all residents to achieve their full academic potential, maintain a financially stable household, and live a healthy lifestyle.

UWTC has a particular focus on early childhood education, and has established the Early Childhood Education Mobile Unit Fund to drive programs to families with young children in remote and underserved areas of the county.

Contributions support local health and human service initiatives including http://www.VolunteerTransylvania.org, a community-wide volunteer opportunity listings, the NC 2-1-1 information and referral service, TRAIN (Transyl-vania Resource Access and Information Network) non-profit support, Familywize and Coast2Coast prescription discount cards, the Tiny House Initiative for Brevard, and http://www.MyFreeTaxes.com, a free state and local tax preparation and filing assistance.

United Way of Transylvania County also awards approximately $300,000 annually to local health and human service non-profit programs and collaborative actions.

UWTC funds programs preventing homelessness, abuse and neglect, and programs providing housing, after-school and summer youth education, health services, financial education and counseling, conflict resolution training, and parenting education and support.

To volunteer or financially support the United Way of Transylvania County, call 828-883-8822, visit the office at 101 W. Jordan Street, #4 (below PNC Bank in downtown Brevard), send US Mail to PO Box 53, Brevard, NC, 28712, or visit http://www.unitedwaytransylvania.org or https://www.facebook.com/UnitedwayTC.


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