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United Way of the Greater Triangle Announces Virginia Parker as New Senior Vice President, Resource Development & Strategic Partnerships

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK (February 4, 2014) – Virginia Parker will join the senior team of United Way of the Greater Triangle (UWGT) as the leader of its Resource Development department. She will focus onVirginiaParker expanding workplace relationships and engagement as well as developing major gifts, grants and new partnerships in support of UWGT’s community impact initiatives. 

With more than 30 years in Raleigh, Parker is well known in the Triangle community and brings a wealth of knowledge from her experience as a respected business professional, successful nonprofit fundraiser, and life-long volunteer. 

Parker began her career in the corporate sector with positions at IBM, Xerox, and First Citizens Bank.  She also served as Vice President & Business Development Officer at Paragon Commercial Bank.  As Associate Executive Director of the Wake Tech Foundation, she led a highly successful “Ripple Effect” major gifts campaign that exceeded its goal and ultimately raised $17.5 million.  She comes to UWGT from Divers Alert Network where she was Vice President of Development.

“The addition of Virginia to our leadership team represents an important progression in our efforts to mobilize the power of volunteer, intellectual, and financial resources to create positive change in our community,” remarked Mack Koonce, CEO and president of UWGT.  “Her relationships within the Triangle, proven talents in fundraising and deep passion for community service are a great fit with our organization and our aspirations for this community.”

Parker serves on several boards including the North Carolina Theater, the John E. Rex Endowment, and the Appalachian State University Board of Visitors.  She is on the advisory boards of Wake Education Partnership, the Lightner Y Achievers, Triangle Family Services, and Paragon Commercial Bank.  She was the 2012 recipient of the Vernon Malone “Friend of Education” Award presented by Wake Education Partnership and was honored in 2013 as one of the “Women of the Year” by UWGT as a former chair of its Women’s Leadership Council affinity group.

A graduate of Meredith College, Parker has two children, Hannah and Evan.  She lives with her husband, Monty in Raleigh. 

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About United Way of the Greater Triangle (UWGT)

By working with nonprofit partners, corporations, community and county leaders, along with thousands of volunteers and donors, United Way of the Greater Triangle is creating significant community change in Durham, Johnston, Orange, and Wake counties in North Carolina through an emphasis on achieving specific results and developing lasting solutions to some of our area’s most pressing issues. 

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