United Way of NC Announces Retirement of President & CEO

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June 7, 2022 - United Way of North Carolina (UWNC) announced today that Laura Zink Marx plans to retire as President & CEO on September 1, 2022. Since joining the organization in 2014, Marx and her team have expanded the NC 211 system, strengthened United Way partnerships, and played a significant role in the development of NCCARE360 (the first statewide coordinated care system). 

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to thank Laura for the incredible impact she has made on our organization,” says Jeff Johnson, Board Chair. “Because of Laura’s strategic leadership and ingenuity, UWNC is set up to succeed to years to come. We are grateful for her dedication and passion for serving the people of North Carolina.”  

Marx came to UWNC with over 25 years of experience working with various United Way and non-profit organizations, including NJ 2-1-1 Partnership and Girl Scouts of Southeastern PA. During her tenure, UWNC has served as a strong leader for the North Carolina network of 50 local United Ways and internal staff grew from a handful of employees to more than 25. Additionally, United Way’s NC 211 service achieved the goal of reaching all 100 counties and is now positioned as an important member of the State Emergency Response Team.  

“It has been quite a ride since I arrived in North Carolina. Three hurricanes and one pandemic has proven the strength and resiliency of local United Way organizations and the NC 211 system,” says Marx. “It has been my honor to serve as the organization’s President and CEO these past 8 years. I’m thankful that there is an amazing staff of professionals and a strong Board that will provide direction and support as we transition to a new leader.”

UWNC’s Board of Directors will conduct the President & CEO search in partnership with nonprofit consulting firm moss+ross.