United Way of Central Iowa Launches Search for Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer


Des Moines, IA (December 15, 2021) – United Way of Central Iowa announces the formal launch of its search for their Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, a new position on the organization’s Senior Leadership Team. Koya Partners, the executive search firm that exclusively focuses on mission-driven clients, will be conducting the search. Koya has assumed a leadership role with diversity and equity through its placements at the CEO and senior executive levels, as well as in building diversity and equity internally.

“The Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer will help us both internally and externally to be a prominent, consistent voice for equity in our community,” said Mary Sellers, President of United Way of Central Iowa. “This addition to our team will add senior-level leadership and expertise to this key aspect of our work.”

In January 2021, United Way of Central Iowa announced its new strategic focus, United to Thrive, which includes an emphasis on addressing equity issues across all 5 Elements of a Thriving Community: Essential Needs, Early Childhood Success, Education Success, Economic Opportunity, and Health & Well-Being.


The Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer will report directly to the President, and oversee the organization’s Human Resources department along with multiple organization-wide initiatives.


Koya Partners and the search committee are engaging with community leaders and constituents to develop a Position Profile. Individuals interested in this opportunity or in nominating a leader for this role can email [email protected].


About United Way

United Way of Central Iowa is UNITED to THRIVE – fostering an equitable, engaged, and empowered community. For more than 100 years, United Way of Central Iowa has brought together nonprofits, businesses, government, leaders, volunteers, and people across the community to identify and strategically address the most pressing needs in central Iowa. Focusing on issues such as affordable housing, early grade-level reading, poverty, physical and mental health, high school graduation, and workforce training – United Way of Central Iowa inspires central Iowans to give, advocate, and volunteer to improve lives and empower everyone in our community. For more information about United Way of Central Iowa, visit www.unitedwaydm.org.

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