July 15, 2016
I am deeply gratified that Thursday was my first day as President and CEO of United Way of San Diego County. I am grateful for the work of our amazing Interim CEO, Karen Sprigle, and my predecessors, Kevin Crawford and Doug Sawyer. I know that I have big shoes to fill, not because of the shoe size, but because they walked their talk. And I know that we will succeed because of the talented, action-oriented, compassionate board of directors, staff, volunteers, and partners who believe in our mission and are passionately committed to moving the dial on outcomes for children and families in the San Diego region.
I come to this work having spent the last 15 years working toward diminishing poverty in San Diego. The struggles of working families to pay rent, put food on the table, and care for children can be overwhelming, yet the love that parents have for their children drives them to make many sacrifices so that their children can have a future filled with possibilities and opportunities. The work that we do at United Way to assure that families and children have access to the support they may need at critical milestones in their young lives inspires my aspirations for United Way. The old African proverb “it takes a whole village to raise a child” rings even more true today.
Yesterday, I had the chance to ask our thoughtful, articulate staff what makes them proud of our work at United Way? Why do they devote most of their waking hours to our organization? Here’s just a few of their inspiring answers:
As I step into my new role as President & CEO of United Way of San Diego County, I’m eager to continue our work for a better future for children and families in San Diego County with a sense of excitement, vigor, and creativity. I look forward to deepening our relationships and to strengthening our work together.
With gratitude for all that you do,
Laurie Coskey, Ed.D.