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Robert Berdelle

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Berdelle is responsible for the financial strategic leadership of United Way of Worldwide to ensure sound fiscal management of the organization; advising senior management and the Board of Trustees on plans to achieve its goals and objectives through a multi-year business plan.  In addition, he is responsible for risk management, information technology, facilities management and vendor licensing.

Prior to joining United Way Worldwide (formerly United Way of America), Berdelle was Chief Operating Officer of United Way of Metropolitan Chicago (UWMC).  Under his leadership UWMC substantially improved its community investment and streamlined its structure.  He led the merger and integration of United Way in Chicago with United Way of Suburban Chicago to form the new United Way of Metropolitan Chicago which resulted in a 25% reduction in operating costs.

Mr. Berdelle worked for Commonwealth Edison, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (the leading electricity company in the United States) for 26 years prior to working at UWMC.  Berdelle held several key positions in the company such as Chief Financial Officer, Vice President Tax, Comptroller, Manager of Financial Reporting, Director of Strategic Analysis, and Assistant Treasurer. 

Mr. Berdelle received his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from University of Notre Dame and attended DePaul University Masters of Accounting Program.  He is also a Certified Public Account in Illinois.  Berdelle was previously a board member with United Way of America, United Way of Illinois, and served on the Audit Committee of United Way in Chicago. 

He is married with four grown children and resides in Arlington, Virginia.