Matt Ryerson, President and CEO of the United Way of the Ocoee Region, has been appointed to the National Professional Council (NPC) of United Ways, a select group of chief executive officers from from across the country that focuses on identifying common challenges and solutions for the community-based member nonprofits. Stacey D. Stewart, U.S. Network President, appointed Ryerson to the group and he was unanimously approved by the council to serve in this role.
Ryerson was selected because of his outstanding leadership in his local community and within the United Way network. He will join just a handful of local United Way executives who are helping advise United Way Worldwide in setting strategy and direction for nearly 1,200 United Ways across the U.S.
Ryerson joined the United Way as a Vice President in January 2009 and was appointed to the role of President and CEO in 2012 upon the retirement of long-standing CEO Brenda Abel. Prior to his time at the United Way, Ryerson served as Project Director and Program Manager with the local $8.3 million Safe Schools/Healthy Students Grant for local school districts from 2005 through 2008.
“Matt understands the real value of United Way, someone we know is a champion of innovation and new ideas, who will take a collaborative approach to helping strengthen our network,” Ms. Stewart said. “I’m excited to have him on our team.”
“To be selected to serve on this prestigious council for our network is just amazing,” said Ryerson. “It really is just a reflection of the work being done here locally and an honor for our volunteers, our Board of Directors, and our team here at the organization. But even more importantly, this selection is a reflection of the spirit of our giving community.”
“Locally, we already know our United Way of the Ocoee Region is innovative in identifying needs and solving problems,” says United Way of The Ocoee Region’s Board Chair, Tanya Mazzolini. “What a great opportunity for Cleveland and our United Way to be represented nationally and worldwide!” she remarks.
Neighborhood revitalization, adult dental care, and sustainable housing are just a few of the needs United Way of the Ocoee Region are actively working to meet through initiatives such as Impact Cleveland, Karis Dental Clinic, and the Bradley County Housing Coalition, respectively.
Not only is United Way of the Ocoee Region working to meet needs within the community, but is making efforts to strengthen the whole nonprofit community. The Center for Social Impact, formerly known as Community Action Network, is a nonprofit incubator that pairs newer nonprofits with more established organizations for mentoring, offers best practice trainings for nonprofit staff and their board members, and manages community resources and needs assessments.
Mr. Ryerson will serve a two-year term on the National Professional Council beginning January 1, 2016 and ending December 31, 2017. For more information about United Way of the Ocoee Region or how to get involved in volunteerism, giving, or advocating in our community, please visit www.unitedwayocoee.org.