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Author: Jim Cawley

Jim Cawley

Jim Cawley

Jim Cawley is president and CEO of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ), where he leads the organization’s work to improve Education, Income and Health for the region’s most vulnerable populations, while also strengthening the regional safety net.

Jim oversees UWGPSNJ’s mission to harness, leverage and strategically invest the collective power of more than 100,000 donors, advocates and volunteers, to drive measurable, lasting Impact that none of us can achieve alone. Through the Impact Fund, UWGPSNJ works to ensure children start kindergarten ready to learn; students read at grade level by the end of third grade; youth graduate from high school ready for college and career; households have the income and assets necessary to be financially stable and economically independent; and individuals and families have access to resources they need to lead healthy lives and have their basic needs met.

Jim has spent the majority of his career in the service of others, both regionally and nationally, developing productive relationships and leading large groups of constituents to success. As the 32nd Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Jim honed a unique understanding of how United Way’s Impact areas connect and how strategic improvements in Education, Income and Health can lift the entire region. He also brought government and community leaders together through his work with various statewide commissions and partnerships, as well as recovery efforts stemming from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in 2011. Prior to being elected to statewide office, Jim served on the Bucks County Board of Commissioners, as Chief of Staff to State Senator Tommy Tomlinson, and as a member of the board of the Bristol Township School District.

In the community, Jim has served on the board of directors for Lower Bucks Hospital and as trustee of Bucks County Community College. He also served as the Governor’s representative on the Temple University Board of Trustees.

A native of Levittown, PA, Jim earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a law degree from Temple University. He resides in Wrightstown, PA, with his wife Suzanne and their son Nicky.


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Building a Trauma-Informed Region

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Together, we're meeting our neighbors where they need need us most - at the source.


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