Rochester’s own Lawana Jones will now serve as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for United Way Worldwide (UWW).
Jones will be the first female to hold the position within the 136-year-old organization.
She brings more than 20 years of experience planning and spearheading large scale Information Technology (IT) programs, strategic planning and organizational change management initiatives.
"Jones' unique experience and passion are a welcomed addition to United Way Worldwide," said UWW officials.
Jones will be providing support to over 1800 United Ways across the globe. She will lead the development and implementation of the top-level strategy for UWW’s IT Department including oversight for key business applications, data governance, cybersecurity and advancement of technological innovations to support the organization’s priorities.
Recently, she served as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the United Way of Greater Rochester and the Finger Lakes; as Principal, IT Continuous Improvement Lead in the Transformation Office at L3Harris Technologies; and also as Project Director, for Information Security Services, at Xerox Corporation.
Jones, also currently is the volunteer President and Chief Executive Officer of The Autism Council. She has dedicated her life to advocating, supporting, and educating others on disability rights for children, young adults, and families living with autism and other special needs for over 25 years.
About United Way Worldwide
United Way World Wide (UWW) is one of the world's largest privately funded charities ranked number 2 in the US by Forbes Magazine raising over 2.7 billion dollars in donations, serving 95% of U.S. communities and 37 countries and territories around the globe. United Way uses its global reach and local presence to build stronger, more resilient and more equitable communities where everyone can thrive. UWW works to improve the health, education and economic mobility of every person in every community we serve. Making life better for 48 million people every year.