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June 30, 2017
United Way Announces New President and CEO
[FORT COLLINS, Colo] United Way of Larimer County announced today that its Board of Directors has selected Annie Davies as the organization’s new President and CEO to take effect August 1st, 2017. Davies will succeed Gordan Thibedeau, following a near 20-year tenure.
“After a nationwide search process, the board is pleased to have found the best individual to lead United Way and our important Collective Impact work in our community,” said Paul Mueller, Board Chair. “Annie comes to us with a top-notch business approach and an extensive nonprofit background. This mix of cross-sector experience, combined with her deep passion for strengthening communities makes her uniquely qualified to step in and build on Thibedeau’s legacy from the past two decades.”
The selection of Davies was the result of a six-month search process facilitated by Kevin Cory, UWLC’s HR Committee Chair. The search committee was comprised of community members, donors, staff and Board Members. More than 140 applicants were considered.
“It is an honor to be selected as the next President and CEO of United Way of Larimer County,” said Annie Davies. “I’m excited and humbled to call Larimer County my new home, and come alongside so many innovative leaders to help address community challenges for the collective good.”
Davies is a Michigan transplant who has called Colorado home for over a decade. She graduated from the University of Michigan (BA) and University of Colorado Denver (MPA), and has over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit and public sectors. Davies began her nonprofit career in Seattle at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
She worked in higher education at both Grand Valley State University (GVSU) and the University of Colorado (CU Denver). While at GVSU, she implemented the national Nonprofit Leadership Alliance program and grew GVSU's program to the third largest in the country in under two years. At CU Denver, she oversaw national recruitment, marketing, and alumni for the School of Public Affairs, continuously posting the highest enrollment gain percentages on the campus and helping the school increase its national reputation and US News & World Report ranking.
Davies also served as Director of Communication and Development at Rocky Mountain Human Services, a $40M community-centered board serving individuals with disabilities and veterans with traumatic brain injuries (TBI). There she rebranded the organization, developed a comprehensive fundraising program, and led efforts to increase transparency and stakeholder communication.
“Annie is a remarkable leader who will bring a fresh perspective, along with decades of unparalleled knowledge and expertise,” said Thibedeau. “I am thrilled with the board’s decision and am confident that Annie is the right person to lead the way in our forward-thinking approach to reducing poverty in our community.”
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United Way of Larimer County helps local children and families succeed in school, work, and life by tackling the source of community challenges to drive change that lasts. We are building a movement of people and organizations from across Larimer County to solve problems together and create results that help people today and make stronger foundations for tomorrow. Join the movement and be part of the change. There is something for everyone, including opportunities to volunteer, donate, and spread the word. Great things happen when we LIVE UNITED. More information at www.UnitedWayofLarimerCounty.org.
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