United Way of Central Iowa has promoted Renée Miller to Chief Community Impact Officer, starting July 10.

Renée has served as community impact officer for United Way's income priority area since December 2013, with a focus on building collaborations and implementing strategies to increase the percentage of central Iowans who are financially self-sufficient. Renée was selected for this role after a national search.

“Renée is a natural leader with compassion, integrity, and strategic vision,” said Elisabeth Buck, president of United Way. “She has robust knowledge of issues that impact poverty with an understanding of how our Education, Income, and Health priorities intersect to give central Iowans a better life. In addition, Renée is a strong collaborator, building partnerships with agencies, businesses, community members, and volunteers.”

“I am honored to serve alongside a deeply passionate team and with community partners who are collectively focused on ensuring that individuals and families in our community thrive,” said Renée. “I look forward to leading our community in its important work toward our Goals for 2020.”

Prior to joining United Way, Renée worked as a strategic consultant with DMACC’s Business Resources, providing expertise to central Iowa businesses. As executive director of Iowa Employment Solutions, she provided visionary and strategic leadership to central Iowa’s public workforce system – a partnership between DMACC and Iowa Workforce Development.

Renée has also served as bureau chief of field operations at Iowa Workforce Development, where she led a system of workforce programming across the state.

Renée will continue to fulfill the duties of her previous role, alongside her new responsibilities, until a new community impact officer for income is hired.

About United Way of Central Iowa

United Way of Central Iowa fights for the health, education, and financial stability of all central Iowans. For over 100 years, United Way of Central Iowa has brought together nonprofits, businesses, government, community leaders, volunteers, and more to identify and tackle central Iowa’s toughest challenges. Focusing on issues such as early grade reading, poverty, mental and social health, high school graduation, and career training, United Way of Central Iowa inspires central Iowans to give, advocate, and volunteer to improve lives and empower all in our community. For more information about United Way of Central Iowa, visit www.unitedwaydm.org.

About The Author: Sarah Welch

Sarah Welch is a communications contractor for the Thriving Workforce initiative and is the former Strategic Communications Officer at United Way of Central Iowa.