• Hawaii Island United Way Begins Leadership Transition. Seeks Applicants

    June 27, 2023
    [HILO, Hawaiʻi] – Hawaiʻi Island United Way (HIUW) is seeking qualified applicants for the President and Chief Professional Officer position that is currently held by Karen Davis. Davis joined HIUW in 2019 and has played a vital role in the organization's success and emergence as a lead supporting non-profit organization on Hawaiʻi Island. During her time at HIUW, Davis brought in over $400,000 in private grant funding in addition to raising over $2.6 million with her team and volunteers to serve the Hawai‘i island community and developed covid related programs to support families throughout the pandemic. Davis also serves as Chair of the FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter Program which has administered more than $800,000 to Hawai‘i county for food and shelter under her leadership. She is leaving the organization to care for personal matters on the mainland and is actively involved in the search for her replacement. Karen will remain onboard through the transition of a new CPO.
    Karen Davis
    President and Chief Professional Officer
    “I am grateful and honored for the opportunity to have worked collectively with the staff and Board of Directors of HIUW as well as volunteers and community members to raise funds to provide essential services to our Big island community, particularly during such a critical time as the pandemic. I will treasure my time at Hawai‘i Island United Way even as I transition to new endeavors and will not forget the lasting relationships made along the way.”

    The position is currently posted on Indeed and will remain open until a qualified candidate is selected by the HIUW Board of Directors.

    Breeani Sumera Lee
    HIUW Chair
    “What blesses one, blesses all.”
    “HIUW is a vessel that connects our community to resources and support and makes our community a stronger, healthier and happier place for us to raise our children. HIUW helps to make our community better and safer and I am filled with gratitude to the staff, team and board members who help to make that possible.”

    The President & Chief Professional officer (CPO) is the principal resource professional to the HIUW Board of Directors and the community. The CPO provides executive-level leadership through representation and advocacy within the community and by raising awareness, building relationships, and raising funds to advance the mission of Hawai’i Island United Way. The CPO plans, organizes, directs, and coordinates the staff, programs, and activities of HIUW to ensure that objectives are attained, and plans are fulfilled. Implements Board decisions; provides input to all committees; advises Board on all matters that may affect its planning, prioritizing, and policy- making efforts. Responsible for budget development and implementation; ensure successful community-building efforts; build relationships based on trust with organizational and community stakeholders; provide guidance and support for all Campaign activities; and support all Board and committee efforts.

    Interested candidates may apply at https://tinyurl.com/3cz7x6bf

    Hawaii Island United Way has a proud history of bringing Hawaiʻi Island residents together collectively to effect community change. Our vision for the future is to continue to build upon the legacy of generosity on our island and realize a stronger, healthier, more sustainable community through accountability, responsiveness, collaboration, leadership, integrity, and diversity.

    The Hawaii Island United Way partners with you to invest in 42 health and human service programs that reach over 75% of Hawaiʻi Island families and individuals each year.
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