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United Way of the Greater Triangle Announces Retirement of President & CEO, Mack Koonce

Community Leader, Eric Guckian to assume role, July 1st

Morrisville, NC (May 2, 2017) – The Board of Directors of United Way of the Greater Triangle (UWGT) announced today that its leader, Mack Koonce will retire, effective June 30th. Eric Guckian will join the organization in the role of Chief Philanthropy and Business Development Officer on May 8th and will assume the position of President & Chief Executive Officer on July 1st.

Koonce, whose tenure began in September 2012, was brought into the organization to be a change agent at a time when United Way was facing diminishing presence among corporate partners, low staff morale, and a need to focus its Community Action Plan. Under Koonce’s leadership, UWGT defined its two-generational, collaborative approach to support vulnerable children and their families; completed a bold 2020 Strategic Plan; launched Innovate UnitedTM  to support innovation in the nonprofit sector; and implemented a community investment plan that required collaboration among nonprofit partners. More than 80% of the organization’s funding now supports collaborative partnerships.

“Mack has had an incredible impact on the organization,” said Maureen O’Connor, Board Chair. “His strategic vision and his commitment to all aspects of the work helped to rebuild United Way’s relevance in our community. We are grateful for his service.”

“I am thankful for the support of our partners across the Triangle,” said Koonce. “Their commitment to joining us in a long-term vision for solutions to social issues will create a positive trajectory for children and families in low income households.” Koonce added, “I am particularly proud of the staff that has worked tirelessly to make our United Way among the most innovative in the nation.”

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Eric Guckian is well known throughout the Triangle. He has 20 years of service in our state with extensive experience in achieving results in the public and private sectors. He has played a leading role in North Carolina’s quality public school efforts and has steadily risen to occupy leadership roles in all sectors of the education space as: a senior advisor to Governor McCrory; Executive Director of Teach for America-North Carolina; and Executive Director of New Leaders in Charlotte. Most recently, Guckian was the Vice President of Alliances for Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) where he led the organization’s fundraising and communications efforts. He began his professional career as an elementary science teacher and Teach for America corps member in the South Bronx. Guckian earned his B.A. in English at Colgate University and a M.A. in Education from Harvard University. He lives with his wife, Lisa and his daughters, Scarlett and Elsa in Durham, NC.

“I have always regarded this United Way as the leading driver of community collaboration and impact. I am honored and humbled to lead our efforts in the Triangle,” said Guckian. “Our community won’t reach its truest potential until every child and every family has equal access to innovation and opportunity.  We cannot rest until we have clear, measurable evidence that children and families have the tools they need to level the playing field today and for generations to come. Then our community will live up to the promise of a better life for all.”

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About United Way of the Greater Triangle (UWGT)
United Way actively mobilizes the caring power of communities to build resources, focus investments, and foster partnerships to improve lives and inspire generations of achievement in four North Carolina counties: Durham, Johnston, Orange, and Wake. A focus on children and their families in low-income households uses a collaborative, two-generational approach to dramatically change the course of their futures. Learn more  

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