Lawana serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at United Way Worldwide (UWW) and leads the development and implementation of the top- level strategy for UWW’s Information Technology Department, including oversight of key business priorities including data governance, privacy, accessibility, and cybersecurity. Lawana leverages her decades of industry experience spearheading large- scale IT programs to ensure UWW’s best practices and operational growth.
Prior to joining UWW, Lawana was the Chief Operating Officer for United Way of Greater Rochester and the Finger Lakes; a Principal, Continuous Improvement Lead – I.T., Transformation Office at L3Harris Technologies; and the Project Director, Information Security Services, at Xerox.
Lawana earned a Master’s Certificate in Business from the University of Rochester and a Bachelor of Science in Business & Accounting from Nazareth College of Rochester. Lawana is the recipient of multiple awards, including the 40 Under 40 Community Award from the Rochester Business Alliance and the Community Services Award from the Rochester Business Journal.