A New Day at United Way

The United Way of the Inland Valleys (UWIV), one of western Riverside County’s largest charities, has announced the appointment of Lisa Wright as chief executive officer, replacing former Riverside Unified School District Superintendent Susan J. Rainey, who has held the position since 2013.

Wright brings to UWIV success in serving the Inland Empire community as executive director of philanthropy for Loma Linda University Health, where she helped raise more than $223 million for the faith-based six-hospital and eight- school health system. For the last 20+ years, Wright’s professional focus has been on higher education and human services in the nonprofit sector, an ideal fit for UWIV’s mission.

United Way has been a pillar in serving the people of western Riverside County during their time of greatest need,” said Board Chair Aaron Hake. “Lisa Wright is the passionate, proven and visionary leader with the right mix of non-profit, business, and community background who can strengthen that pillar so it will stand far into the future.

Wright attained a bachelor of science in business (accounting) from the University of Arizona, a master of divinity from Claremont School of Theology and, alongside working full time, is currently a PhD student in religion (ethics) at Claremont School of Theology with an interest in studying the ethics of wealth.  Wright also serves as a minister (Deacon) in the United Methodist Church. Her first day at United Way is March 3, 2016.

Maitland Partners, a Riverside-based executive search company led by Jim MacNee, conducted an extensive nationwide CEO search on behalf of UWIV.

UWIV also has hired an interim chief financial officer, Jennifer Corr, CPA.

Corr brings to the agency more than 22 years of finance leadership, including service as vice president of finance for the Fresno Bee newspaper and director of internal audit at The McClatchy Company, with responsibility over 32 newspaper subsidiaries across the U.S.

Corr brings to UWIV a stellar track record in strengthening internal financial controls and developing efficiencies, two critical elements to United Way’s ability to better serve the community,” said Hake. Corr also serves the Riverside community as adjunct accounting instructor at Riverside City College and as president of the Riverside Public Library Foundation.

Our donors expect United Way to maximize their dollar’s impact in our community,” said Hake. “Jennifer Corr is exactly the type of business leader United Way needs to ensure we maintain the trust of our donors and fulfill our promise to the people who need our help.

Hake added, “This dynamic executive leadership team turns an historic page for UWIV, positioning the 85-year old non-profit to modernize and deepen its community impact in western Riverside County in the areas of health, education and financial stability. I, and the entire Board of Directors, have the utmost confidence in Lisa and Jennifer’s talent and integrity.  We know they will invigorate and fortify United Way as a difference-maker in our region.

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United Way of the Inland Valleys (UWIV) is a local, non-profit, public benefit corporation serving the communities of Beaumont, Banning, Cabazon, Moreno Valley, Riverside, Jurupa, Perris, Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lakes, Murrieta and Temecula. UWIV is supported financially mainly through donations by local employees in the workplace and committed members of the community; these donations are put to work in the focus areas of: health, education, and financial stability. In 2015, UWIV helped serve more than 200,000 individuals through 46 local community partners and 62 local programs.