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Joseph V. Haggerty

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Haggerty works closely with the President and CEO to accomplish the goals, objectives and strategic plans of the organization.  He is charged with motivating and leading a high performance leadership team to develop and implement plans for the operational infrastructure to accommodate the rapid growth objectives of the organization.  He also provides direct leadership in the development of new community impact strategies, resource development and public policy initiatives.

Prior to joining United Way Worldwide (formerly United Way of America), Haggerty was President of United Way of Greater Los Angeles (UWGLA).  Under his leadership UWGLA substantially improved its fund-raising campaign, streamlined its structure, and provided additional funding to the health and human care agencies serving the most critical needs of our communities.  Along these lines, the United Way regularly published reports on the issues facing the entire Southern California Community.  A report titled “A Tale of Two Cities” has been widely quoted by those studying the poor and “working poor” in California.

Mr. Haggerty is a United Way career professional.  Immediately preceding his tenure in Los Angeles, he was President of the Phoenix-based Valley of the Sun United Way.  Prior to this position, Mr. Haggerty served as President of the United Ways in St. Joseph, Michigan; Corpus Christi, Texas; and St. Paul, Minnesota.  During his 25 years as a United Way CEO, the organizations he headed raised more than three-quarters of a billion dollars.

A New England native, Mr. Haggerty received his Bachelor’s Degree from Boston College and his Master’s Degree in Community Organization and Planning from the University of Connecticut.