United Way of Metropolitan Chicago (UWMC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrea Bazán as the organization’s Senior Vice President of Resource Development. Bazán will be instrumental in advancing LIVE UNITED 2020, UWMC’s community-impact plan focused on investing in the building blocks to self-sufficiency—education, income and health within more than 40 communities of greatest need.
Prior to joining United Way, Bazán served as the National Operation Vote Regional Director for the “Obama for America” campaign based in Chicago. There she oversaw the campaign’s strategy to mobilize and engage core demographic groups, raised funds for the Futuro Fund, and headlined special events. Previously, she served as the President of the Triangle Community Foundation in Durham, North Carolina. At the foundation, she was very successful in implementing revenue growth strategies and led the effort to achieve a 45% increase in assets over a six-year period. As the President, Bazan supported a 15-member board of directors and 12-member leadership council to achieve the organization’s five-year strategic plan.
“Andrea brings a wealth of diverse experience and strong leadership to this position,” said Wendy DuBoe, president and chief executive officer of United Way of Metropolitan Chicago. “I am confident in her ability to collaborate with our staff, volunteers, boards and corporate partners to achieve our bold LIVE UNITED 2020 fundraising goals.”
Prior to the foundation, Andrea founded El Pueblo, Inc., the state’s leading Latino nonprofit organization. Andrea is not a stranger to the work of United Way. Through her positions at both the foundation and on various boards in Durham, she aligned closely with the United Way in North Carolina to support key partnerships and fundraising initiatives.
Andrea is a graduate of Missaps College and has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a Master’s Degree in Public Health both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2011, she was honored by the National Football League’s Hispanic Heritage Month Award with the Carolina Panthers and the City of Durham and the Chair’s Award for the Human Relations Commissions. In 2010, she was inducted into the YWCA Academy of Women. Andrea also served as the Board Chair for the National Council of La Raza.
Within more than 40 communities of greatest need, by 2020 United Way will: help 50,000 underperforming middle school kids enter high school ready to succeed, advance economic stability for 100,000 households and connect over 200,000 people with available, preventative health services. In addition, annually, United Way will answer the immediate crisis needs of one million people every year by providing shelter, food and freedom from violence across a six-county region. Specifically, United Way supports resources in schools and early childhood centers to connect social service networks in the community where children receive tutoring, families access to health services and have adults secure job training and needed income supports.
To learn more about LIVE UNITED 2020 and to see a full listing of our partner communities, please visit www.LIVEUNITEDchicago.org. You can also reach Beth Esler at 312.906.2291.