Mary Lou Young is president and CEO of United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County since 2009. Mary Lou oversaw the merger in 2015 of the former United Way of Greater Milwaukee and United Way in Waukesha County, and has transformed the organization into a driving force for social change. Under Mary Lou’s leadership the organization saw substantial growth reaching unprecedented heights from $45.5 million in 2009 to $60 million in 2015.
Mary Lou has a national reputation as a thought leader and has twice been invited to the White House to share United Way’s successful community collaboration and collective impact models. Having previously served on United Way Worldwide’s National Professional Council, Mary Lou is currently the co-chair of the United Way Worldwide Strategy Leadership Council along with Brian Gallagher, CEO of United Way Worldwide, a collaboration of twelve major market United Ways designing the innovation for United Way’s future.
Mary Lou’s passion for and dedication to United Way started long before she joined the organization. She is a longtime member of United Way’s Tocqueville Society, a founding member of United Way’s Women United in Milwaukee which is the largest women’s leadership council in annual giving in the United Way network, and a founding member of United Way-led Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative in Milwaukee.
Mary Lou’s many accomplishments have also earned her several prestigious awards including the Milwaukee Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award in 2011, the Key Award from the Boys & Girls Club in 2014, and the Sacagawea Award in 2015. Mary Lou was also named Executive of the Year – Honorable Mention in December 2015 by the Milwaukee Business Journal.
Prior to joining United Way, Mary Lou headed Global Community Relations for Rockwell Automation where she managed Rockwell’s annual $7+ million philanthropic budget, which invested in community development and technology education worldwide. Mary Lou retired from Rockwell Automation in 2009.
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