Nonprofits  August 19, 2022

Woolman promoted to head Weld United Way

GREELEY – United Way of Weld County has promoted Melanie Woolman to serve as its president and chief executive, its board of directors said today.

She will officially take the reins of the nonprofit organization on Sept. 15.

Woolman has most recently served as the organization’s vice president for community impact, overseeing more than 30 programs and services, managing 27 staff members and 55 grants with a $5.8 million budget. She is a regional and statewide leader in addressing and preventing

homelessness, including leading the process of founding the Northern Colorado Continuum of Care for Weld and Larimer counties.

Woolman started her career with United Way in 2014, volunteering with AmeriCorps VISTA. She was hired as community-impact coordinator in 2015, then served as director of that division from 2016 to 2020.

Woolman will succeed Jeannine Truswell, who will retire this year after 36 years of service to the organization. To fill Truswell’s position, the directors appointed a search committee of board members and community members who conducted an extensive national search and interview process since posting the position in May.

“We are very excited to have Melanie as United Way of Weld County’s next leader,” said Sara Seely, the organization’s board chair, in a prepared statement. “She brings strong experience and proven outcomes in developing strategic and collaborative communitywide solutions that improve lives. Melanie understands the importance of the caring power of our community. Her vision, passion and leadership approach will guide the organization as we continue to build on United Way’s substantial role in Weld County.”

Woolman said she is excited to lead the organization and serve the residents of Weld County.

“I hope to capture and sustain the growth and momentum of United Way, honor the work and culture of the past and move confidently and boldly into the future,” Woolman said. “United Way is uniquely poised to lead the entire Weld County community into the future.”

She holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and international relations and affairs from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. 

Woolman and her husband, David, live in Evans and have one daughter, Phoebe. They enjoy spending time with family, going on walks and gardening.

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