As U.S. President, United Way Worldwide, Stewart drives the strategic direction for United Way in the U.S., working with leaders throughout the United Way network to drive community impact in the areas of education, income and health – the building blocks for a good quality of life. She will also work to protect and enhance the organization’s brand and reputation.Prior to this appointment, Stewart was Executive Vice President, Community Impact Leadership and Learning at United Way Worldwide. Before joining United Way, Stewart was with Fannie Mae where she was Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Vice President for the Office of Community and Charitable Giving. Prior to that appointment, Stewart was President and Chief Executive Officer for the Fannie Mae Foundation.Mrs. Stewart has a master's of business administration in finance from the University of Michigan and a bachelor of arts in economics from Georgetown University. She also holds honorary degrees from Trinity University, Morgan State University, Texas Southern University and Alabama A&M University. She currently serves on several boards nationally and in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area.Mrs. Stewart is married to Jarvis C. Stewart, the Chairman and Managing Partner of Ian Reid, LLC a strategic advisory firm based in Washington, DC. The Stewarts have two children, Madeleine and Savannah.
William Rodgers, a great friend and supporter of United Way, gave the following convocation speech to the incoming freshman class at Rutgers last week. In it, he asks the incoming class to consider committing to three principles as they embark on their college careers: to become a life-long learner, an independent thinker and a responsible citizen--principles that we all need to keep close at heart on our personal paths to LIVE UNITED. We couldn’t let his speech come to pass without sharing it again, with hopes that it inspires even more of us to ask to ourselves, What can I do to advance the common good today?
"The challenges we face are too big for any one sector to tackle. But when all of us — nonprofits, government, business and individuals — combine our talent, resources and time, we create opportunities for everyone to flourish."