Joanna Murray is the Senior Vice President for Community Impact. She joined United Way of the Midlands (UWM) in June of 2014 just as the organization had completed a community wide-assessment and strategic planning process. Joanna oversaw two community task forces which helped refine UWM’s investment strategy and provided the foundation for the organization’s ten-year community impact goals.
Prior to joining UWM, Joanna served as the President and CEO of The Leadership Investment, based in Denver, CO. During her tenure, she crafted a new brand strategy and positioned the organization in the forefront of corporate leadership development. Joanna’s career includes serving as a founding partner with the national consulting firm, Ki ThoughtBridge, an organization specializing in transformation of organizational and community systems. In this role she worked with Fortune 500 Corporations including Aetna, Harrah’s and Con Edison to facilitate leadership mergers, conflict resolution and change management. Past roles include Vice President with Trustee Leadership Development, a company that focused internationally on creating non-profit excellence in large philanthropic foundations and educational institutions such as The American Red Cross, Oxfam International, Smith College and the Salzburg Seminar. Serving as the founding Executive Director of the Denver Chamber of Commerce Foundation, she crafted hallmark programs such as Leadership Denver and the Chamber’s annual Community Leadership Exchange program. Prior to her roles in the business sector, Joanna worked in higher education and was the Assistant Dean of Students at the University of Denver.
UWM supports an integrated network of supports to address the needs of those living in or at risk for poverty. The Community Impact and Analytics team has defined specific strategies and metrics against the 2025 Goals, and works to build capacity across the nonprofit sector for effective collaboration and sustainable impact. The team manages UWM’s investments across 57 agencies and 126 programs within a multi-year grant cycle. Under Joanna’s leadership, the department administers several community-wide grants and special initiatives to support strategies in crisis intervention, classroom readiness and financial stability, including the School Based Attendance Coalition, Book Trust and the Opportunity Youth Alliance.
Joanna has a Bachelors of Arts in English and Sociology, and a Masters of Science in Education with an emphasis in Organizational Development. Joanna is a native of Nebraska where she is delighted to be raising her son Alexander.