Alicia Lara is United Way’s Senior Vice President of Impact. Alicia has dedicated her career to making lives better for those that she serves, most notably in the public health sector.
Alicia’s service to United Way began in Los Angeles where she was the Vice President for Community Investment. In this capacity, she was responsible for the development and management of policy, research and grant-making programs. While there, she helped the organization achieve success in their vision to end homelessness, increase high school graduation rates and improve the financial stability of low-income families.
Before working with United Way, Alicia spent eight years with The California Endowment, a health-related philanthropic organization with a grant-making budget of $150 million annually. During this time, she held various positions within the organization, including Vice President of Programs, Director of Responsive Grant Making and Senior Program Officer.
Alicia has pledged her career to serve the nonprofit space working on women’s health issues, HIV/AIDS services and prevention, homelessness and health care policy. She currently serves on the board of directors for Ms. Foundation for Women and Funders Together to End Homelessness. Alicia is a relentless challenger of the status quo and envisions a world of tomorrow that is better than the one we live in today. She continually inspires her colleagues and the entire United Way network by profoundly and positively affecting the communities that she serves.