December 8, 2019
Hampshire County United Way Names Renee Moss Interim ED

Renee Moss
June 13, 2017 — United Way of Hampshire County, based in Northampton, yesterday announced that Renee Moss has been named interim executive director of the organization, taking over from James Ayers, who stepped down last month to become president and chief executive officer of United Way of Pioneer Valley in Springfield.

Moss, a board member of United Way of Hampshire County (UWHC), recently retired as the long-time executive director of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Hampshire County.

UWHC board chair Julie Cowan noted, “Renee is well respected in the community, and will bring strong leadership skills to our United Way as we make the transition to a new director. We are grateful that she is willing to give her time and talents to United Way just as she was starting her retirement."

Moss served with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Hampshire County for 32 years. Prior to that, she taught in New York City public schools for 10 years.

“I was approached by some of the officers of United Way to see if I would be interested,” Moss said. “United Way is a great organization, and I’m looking forward to working with the incredible staff.”

Kate Glynn, UWHC board vice chair, said, “Renee brings impressive experience to the interim director role at UWHC, where she will work with the staff and board on a number of fronts, including the search for a permanent executive. The board of directors is extremely excited to have someone with such a strong nonprofit background and so well known in the community.”

UWHC, which has undertaken a search for a permanent executive director, said Moss will assume the interim role on June 26 and is expected to stay until September 22.

During his tenure UWHC, Ayres expanded the donor base and increased funding diversity and overall revenue at a time when many United Ways nationally experienced shrinkage.

Prior to joining UWHC, Ayres served for 12 years as the executive director of the Center for New Americans, an education and resource center for immigrants, refugees, and other limited-English speakers in western Massachusetts. He has extensive experience working with school systems, local and state governments, community coalitions, workforce boards, and other nonprofit organizations to develop programming and policy.

For the year ending June, 30, 216, UWHC reported $1.15 million in revenue, of which $1.09 million came from contributions and grants, and $1.25 million in expenses, according to its most recently available federal tax filing.

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