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August 19, 2013

United Way Recruits New Leadership Team for U.S.

Alexandria, VA – United Way Worldwide announced today three new key hires to help 1,200 local and state United Ways in the U.S. advance a collective effort to strengthen America’s communities.


The new team includes Marci Young, a veteran educator who helped lead a national movement to expand early childhood education; Kelly Moore, a former strategist and communicator for the United Nations, the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Congress; and Paul DeBassio, who led efforts to engage Boston's business community around critical community improvements.  Young is United Way’s new Vice President for Education, Income and Health Strategy & Partnerships; DeBassio is Vice President for Engagement and Capacity; and Moore is the Vice President and General Manager of the U.S. Network.


“We are thrilled to welcome Marci, Kelly and Paul to the United Way family. Their leadership and skills will help United Ways across the U.S. boost education, financial stability and health, as part of an effort to create opportunity for all’, said Stacey D. Stewart, U.S. President of United Way Worldwide


“United Ways are bringing people together -- from all across the community -- with passion, expertise and resources to build stronger, healthier communities where everyone can thrive,” said Stewart, who was named U.S. President in fall 2012 and restructured her organization this winter.   “So our network needs leaders who know how to mobilizing communities around change, to help United Ways accelerate their mobilization efforts.  I’m confident my new team will do exactly that.”

Young was the project director for Pre-K Now, a public education and advocacy campaign at Pew Center on the States that’s pushed to improve the quality of and access to pre-kindergarten across the country.  Before that, she led the Center for the Child Care Workforce (CCW), a project of the American Federation of Teachers  (AFT) Educational Foundation, and was a deputy director in the AFT's educational issues department, where she oversaw its efforts to promote high-quality early childhood education.  She was the Executive Director of CCW when it was an independent nonprofit agency, where she co-authored several studies about early childhood education with specific emphasis on improving the status and condition of the workforce. Before that, she was a kindergarten teacher at an elementary school in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Moore brings to United Way significant national and international experience in program management, media/public relations, rule of law and public policy. Before coming to United Way Worldwide, Moore worked with the United Way of Western Connecticut formulating their response to the tragic Sandy Hook School shooting. Before that, she was vice president and co-founder of Falcon Consulting, a national security consulting company. Previously, she worked for the United Nations in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo during and after the wars that tore apart the former Yugoslavia; served as Sen. Joe Lieberman's Senate press secretary during his vice presidential run; helped run a counterterrorism program at the State Department in the aftermath of 9/11; and served on the 9/11 Commission, where she co-authored 9/11 and Terrorist Travel, the first in-depth study of how terrorists have been penetrating U.S. borders. She also worked in media relations for the National Football League.


DeBassio came to United Way from Boston, where he was Senior Vice President for Development at the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley.  He helped generate more than $47 million a year for community improvements, especially in cradle-to-career education. His responsibilities also include identifying and incorporating new revenue streams focusing on individuals, corporations, and foundations to complement annual campaigns and drive an increase in community support.  Before that, DeBassio was in the private sector, serving as Chattem Consumer Products’ Regional Sales Manager for 12 years. His experience in direct sales, sales training, and sales management led to a new corporate focus - pinpointing areas of greatest revenue generation potential. 




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United Way is a worldwide movement of nearly 1,800 community-based United Ways in 41 countries and territories. It advances the common good by focusing on education, income and health – the building blocks for a good quality life. The United Way movement mobilizes millions to action – to give, advocate and volunteer – to improve conditions in their local community. For more information about United Way, please visit:

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