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July 8, 2020
United Way of Mass. Bay Names Bob Giannino as Next Leader
Bob Giannino
Bob Giannino
February 28, 2020 — The United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, based in Boston, which raises money to fund more than 200 nonprofit social service agencies, today announced that Bob Giannino has been named as its next president and chief executive officer.

Giannino, selected from 180 potential candidates, succeeds Michael Durkin, who will retire in July after 43 years with United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley.

Giannino currently serves as CEO of uAspire, a national nonprofit based in Boston that works to help ensure that all young people have the financial information and resources necessary to find an affordable path to and through college, a post he has held since 2005.

“Throughout the search process, Bob was consistently praised by colleagues and other stakeholders for his exceptional leadership capabilities, visionary, yet 'sleeves up’ approach, and as a champion for diversity, equity and inclusion,” said Penni McLean-Conner, board chair of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley.

She added, “We know Bob will lead us in convening the right partners and resources as we work to tackle our communities’ greatest challenges: income inequality, intergenerational poverty and homelessness, the skills gap, and the need to lay a solid foundation for young people to go on and lead successful lives.”

“In partnership with the board of directors and the talented staff, I am looking forward to amplifying the impact that United Way, its donors, and partners are having, and wish to have, on the communities, people and issues we care about,” said Giannino. “Together, we will invest in, and unlock, new approaches that garner the attention and resources we need to achieve our vision and mission.”

While at uAspire, Giannino saw the organization grow from impacting 1,000 students in Boston to nearly 500,000 students annually in Massachusetts, California, New York, and in 25 states where uAspire trains practitioners. He also helped raise more than $100 million in philanthropic commitments from major and institutional donors.

Prior to joining uAspire, Giannino served in several senior level management positions at Jumpstart for Young Children, including as vice president of business development and government relations and three years as executive director of Jumpstart Boston.

Giannino serves on the boards of Y2Y Network, the National Gay Flag Football League, and Root Cause and the advisory boards for SCS Noonan Scholars, ScholarJet, and Excel Academy Charter Schools. He formerly served as board chair of the Campus Outreach Opportunity League, board treasurer of Strong Women Strong Girls, and board member of Social Capital, Inc.

Giannino earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in government from Harvard University, and participated in the Barr Foundation fellowship program, which seeks to develop leaders and organizations who partner with and build the capacity of underserved constituencies and communities.

The United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley annually works with about 215 nonprofit agencies, 3,000 companies, and 5,000 volunteers in connection with 20 initiatives focused on ending homelessness, moving families out of poverty, fostering development of vulnerable children, and helping young people achieve vocational and college success.
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