Today, we took another critical step in our fight to end poverty in our region. We appointed Bill Golderer to lead our United Way as President and CEO.
Our search committee, led by Mindy Holman, chairman of Holman Automotive, and John Salveson, co-founder and principal of Salveson Stetson Group, explored more than 170 candidates of diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives before selecting Bill as their top choice.
“We are thrilled to have Bill as our next CEO. He brings a remarkable combination of passion for elevating the condition of our city and region, experience and innovation in the communities we serve, and credibility among existing and potential donors who want to invest in our mission. He will be an outstanding leader of our committed and talented staff, and he will work collaboratively with other community leaders in our region,” said J. Gordon Cooney, Jr., chairman of UWGPSNJ’s regional Board of Directors and leader of the global litigation practice at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.
In this role, Bill will work closely with our regional Board of Directors and corporate and community partners to fulfill our mission to end intergenerational poverty in our region. Through a two-generation approach, we are committed to building the success of our youth and investing in the stability of individuals and families throughout the region, and we are confident that Bill is the right person to drive forward this important work.
Bill joins UWGPSNJ from Arch Street Presbyterian Church. He was also the founder of Broad Street Ministry, which enables cross-sector collaboration to lift people out of homelessness, and has become known for the inclusive service it extends to community members in need. At Broad Street Ministry, hundreds of individuals and families in need are able to join community meals and, through the ministry’s partnerships, access resources such as case management, medical services, behavioral health support, benefits counseling, and legal support. He is also a co-founder of the Rooster Soup Company, the nation’s first for-profit, crowd-funded social impact restaurant that creates jobs and returns revenue to Philadelphia’s most impoverished citizens. He and his wife Julie have two sons. His first day at UWGPSNJ will be March 1.
We’re excited to welcome Bill to lead our United Way team, and I am excited to continue my service to United Way as a member of the regional Board of Directors. I have been a part of the United Way family for nearly a decade, and my time as interim president and CEO over these past six months has only heightened my appreciation for the organization, the staff, and our mission. I look forward to helping Bill during this next exciting chapter for our United Way.