United Way of the Cape Fear Area is pleased to announce the appointment of Tommy Taylor as its new CEO.
Wilmington, NC: The Board of Directors of United Way of the Cape Fear Area (UWCFA) is pleased to elect Tommy Taylor as the organization’s next Chief Executive Officer, effective April 16, 2020.
From Manfield, Ohio, Tommy moved to Greensboro, NC where he achieved his Bachelors of Science in Psychology at Guilford College. He then moved to his favorite vacation spot, Wilmington, NC, and has served the Cape Fear community for over 18 years. Tommy’s history includes working at the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC for 6 years and after tripling food distribution and doubling revenues, he then went on to accept the role of Vice President of Community Impact at the United Way of the Cape Fear Area. “I am thankful to be able to see the good side of the world that many people do not get a chance to experience and to be able to be part of the solutions to our community’s deepest problems,” says Tommy. Most recently achieving his Masters of Public Administration at the UNC Wilmington, Tommy is committed to creating solutions for the most prominent issues that the Cape Fear community is facing today.
Right now, Tommy’s major focus for United Way of the Cape Fear Area is, “COVID-19 mitigation.” United Way of the Cape Fear Area has established a COVID-19 Emergency Fund that will provide flexible resources to current partner organizations working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by Coronavirus, and it’s economic consequences. The Fund is designed to complement the work of the public health officials and expand local capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible. Tommy believes that the most outstanding strength of the Cape Fear community is “Innovation”. By uniting together, United Way of the Cape Fear Area has been able to partner with community leaders to introduce new, creative solutions that assist some of the most vulnerable populations during COVID-19.
During his tenure at United Way of the Cape Fear Area, Tommy has been the key staff of launching successful initiatives such as: Best for Kids, Hometown Hires, Ten Year Plan to end Chronic Homelessness, Blue Ribbon Commission and the Cape Fear HealthNet; that were incubated by United Way of the Cape Fear Area. United Way of the Cape Fear Area is also the fiscal agent for 3 of the 4 counties, and serves in leadership of all 4 counties served through Long Term Recovery Groups.
One of the most valuable skills that Tommy has gained in his time formerly as Interim CEO, is Team Building. Tommy mentions that, “a leader is worth very little without the support of the team”.