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United Way of the Greater Triangle Announces New Board Members

United Way of the Greater Triangle is pleased to announce four new members of our Board of Directors: Anne Howard, Farad Ali, Michael Goodmon and Scott Byers.

“I am extremely excited about our incoming board leadership. Anne, Farad, Scott and Michael possess an impressive and diverse set of skills, but the one thing they all have in common is that they are united around our mission to eradicate poverty and increase social mobility through the power of partnerships”, stated Eric Guckian, President and CEO of United Way of the Greater Triangle.


Anne Howard is a Director in the Grant Thornton National Financial Services practice.

Anne is an accomplished, results-orientated individual with 30 years combined experience in financial institutions and Non-Bank Financial Institution regulatory compliance, internal audit and risk management. Her special expertise is in the areas of Bank Secrecy Act, Anti-Money Laundering, Sanctions and consumer compliance. Anne’s experience includes risk management, vendor management, insurance, Sarbanes-Oxley Business Process implementation and testing, FDICIA implementation and testing, internal controls, fraud, corporate governance, strategic initiatives, ethics, quality initiatives, sales and service incentives design and auditing.

Anne has 25 years of experience with human resources legal actions and all aspects of retail financial services internal audit.


Farad Ali is the president and chief executive officer of The Institute of Minority Economic Development (“The Institute”). Ali has over 30 years of work experience as an entrepreneur, business executive, corporate banking officer, consultant, community volunteer and elected official. Ali has worked for three leading global financial institutions as a corporate banker, a commercial real estate banker and business / community banker.

Additionally, he has been a financial and managerial consultant, leading a business development team that secured over $1 billion in financing and contracts for diverse businesses. Ali serves on various national, state and local boards of directors.


Michael Goodmon leads one of the country’s most dynamic urban mixed-use developments, the American Tobacco Campus in Durham. As Vice President of Real Estate for Capitol Broadcasting Company, the campus’ owner and master developer, Michael manages the day-to-day activities of approximately 1,000,000 square feet of class A office, restaurant and retail space. Michael has assembled a multitude of complex Historic and New Market Tax Credit transactions.

He earned a B.S. in Mathematical Economics from Hampden-Sydney College and a Masters in Trust and Investment Management from Campbell University.  His board service includes the City of Durham Workforce Economic and Employment Development, the Healing Place of Wake County, the Duke Catholic Leadership Counsel, the Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce, CAHEC, AJ Fletcher Foundation, and Bull City Forward.


Scott Byers is President and CEO of Majestic Kitchen & Bath Creations.

Byers is an accomplished, solutions-focused leader with more than 25 years of business success. His skills include extensive business strategy, merger and acquisition work, operational/process improvement, financial management, and growth strategy leadership to drive responsibility for finance, legal, accounting and business strategy for US Airways, American University and Wilkes University.

Byers earned his Juris Doctor from American University’s Washington College of Law and an MBA from American University Kogod School of Business. He is on the Board of Directors at The Daniel Center for STEM in Raleigh and has been on various boards in Education, Healthcare and public/private partnerships.


Media Contacts:

Stacy Shelp
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
United Way of the Greater Triangle