October 27, 2020
Denver, Colorado – Vanecia Kerr will serve as Chief Impact Officer for Mile High United Way to lead the organization’s program strategy and investments.
“We are thrilled to welcome Vanecia to our team,” said Christine Benero, President and CEO of Mile High United Way. “She is a proven leader and collaborator, and will use her expertise to create sustainable, lasting change for our communities. We are all looking forward to working with her as we expand our programmatic vision to advance equity and economic opportunity for all.”
Vanecia comes to us from College Track Colorado, where she served as the Regional Executive Director. Prior to joining College Track in 2016, Vanecia served as the Managing Director of City Year Denver where she was responsible for overseeing marketing, communications and development across the region.
Before entering the nonprofit sector in 2011, Vanecia spent over 20 years in corporate management. Her experience includes serving as the Regional Director of Community Affairs and Corporate Citizenship for TIAA-CREF, where she was responsible for developing and overseeing the strategy and implementation of the community outreach activities for over 20 offices.
She is the recipient of numerous certificates and honors throughout her career including being recognized as one of the Top 25 Most Powerful Women by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Girl Scouts Denver Metro Women of Distinction. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for GlobalMinded, Hope Communities and Newman Center for Performing Arts. In 2014, she was appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper to serve on the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.
In her role as Chief Impact Officer, Vanecia will lead and implement Mile High United Way’s program strategy to advance their mission and create sustainable community impact. She will lead initiatives across the seven-county Denver metro area, and will advance the organizations work to reach under-resourced communities, with main focuses on: early care and education, helping families and students succeed in early elementary school, assisting small business development, young people who have aged out of the child welfare system, and wraparound services.
“I am thrilled to join the amazing team at Mile High United Way as we work together to advance the mission and ensure sustainable impact across our community,” said Vanecia. “The organization has an incredible reputation of service and I look forward to building on this commitment by partnering with the community, government, and business leaders across our area to understand the challenges and implement measurable strategies to address them.”
About Mile High United Way
Working side-by-side with the community, Mile High United Way takes on critical human services issues facing our seven-county footprint including the Metro Denver, Boulder and Broomfield communities. Our united approach changes the odds for all children, families, and individuals in our community, so that we all have the opportunity to succeed. Learn more at unitedwaydenver.org and follow us on social media @UnitedWayDenver.