Rowan County United Way Selects New Executive Director
Rowan County United Way has named Salisbury native Jenny Lee as its new executive director, effective Sept. 4.
Lee, 31, has experience as a nonprofit executive director, as well as in grant writing and fundraising, program administration and volunteer coordination. Most recently, she was grant coordinator for the Lucille W. Gorham Intergenerational Community Center at East Carolina University. The Center is a unique partnership of the City of Greenville, East Carolina University and the community, with the mission of addressing social barriers to education and employment. Lee previously worked as executive director for Rebuilding Together of Pitt County, a national nonprofit organization that provides safe homes in the community through home repair and revitalization. She also served in several roles at the Good Shepherd Center in Wilmington, including program manager of the agency’s soup kitchen.
Lee, a graduate of East Rowan High School, holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a Master of Social Work degree from East Carolina University, where she was named Outstanding MSW student and received the Lessie L. Bass Community Engagement Award. She also has completed Duke University’s Nonprofit Management Program.
“We’re so glad that Jenny agreed to join our United Way team as our new executive director,” said Rowan County United Way President Bill Burgin. “She brings leadership experience from her previous nonprofit work. You’ll love, as we do, her high energy and enthusiasm as she continues the good work of Rowan County United Way helping our Rowan County citizens in need.”
Lee praised the Rowan County United Way board and staff and said she is honored to assume the executive director role.
“I am an intentional, deliberate individual who will uphold this position with integrity and guide the organization for growth and in becoming the leading resource for social service agencies in the community,” she said. “The strategic efforts to transition to the Community Impact Model position Rowan County United Way to reach our overarching goal, which is to better serve our community through outreach and philanthropic measures. I am truly humbled to lead the organization in reaching that goal.”
Lee lives in Salisbury with her two young daughters and their three “fur babies.”
Rowan County United Way serves agencies including Rowan County Literacy Council, The Arc/Rowan, Rowan Vocational Opportunities, Boy Scouts (Central NC Council), Communities in Schools of Rowan County, Rowan County YMCA, Rowan County Youth Services Bureau, American Red Cross, Rowan County Rescue Squad, The Salvation Army, Trinity Living Center, Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, Families First, Inc., Family Crisis Council and Smart Start Rowan. In addition, United Way serves two partner agencies, Jobs for Life and Capstone Recovery Center.