United Way Appoints New CEO

(Traverse City) - United Way of Northwest Michigan (UWNWMI) is pleased to announce the selection of Seth Johnson as Chief Executive Officer.

Johnson joins UWNWMI from United Way of Central Iowa in Des Moines where he served as Director of their OpportUNITY Program, a collective impact initiative focused on reducing poverty and achieving increased financial stability for all community members. According to Elisabeth Buck, president of United Way of Central Iowa, “With Seth’s leadership, United Way of Central Iowa has formed significant partnerships, introduced exciting and effective new initiatives, and advocated for meaningful systems change locally and state-wide. I am confident Seth will help United Way of Northwest Michigan have true impact in northwest Michigan as well.” Johnson succeeds Ranae McCauley, who has served as UWNWMI’s Executive Director since 2013. McCauley will remain on staff at UNWMI to assist with the transition and serve in a volunteer services role with VISTA.

In addition to his tenure with United Way of Central Iowa, Johnson has experience with The American Heart Association and The Environmental Law and Policy Center in Chicago.

"We are thrilled that someone with United Way experience and a depth of knowledge in the nonprofit sector will help lead us into our next chapter”, said Catherine Schmitt, UWNWMI Board President. “Seth is a skilled, team-focused leader with a deep passion for creating change and enriching communities."

“I am grateful for this opportunity to build on UWNWMI’s strong foundation of connecting and mobilizing the caring power of the region. I look forward to working with staff, United Way supporters, workplace coordinators, partner agencies and community leaders to address key areas of need and further growing UWNWMI’s community impact," Johnson said.

A graduate of North Park University, Chicago, Johnson is an avid cyclist and he and his family are outdoor enthusiasts with ties to Michigan. His first official day at UWNWMI will be Monday, December 2, 2019. He will be joined by his wife, Ashley and their infant daughter.