Jacksonville, Fla. - The United Way of Northeast Florida board of trustees today announced the selection of Michelle Braun
as president and CEO, effective July 1, 2014.
Braun succeeds longtime president and CEO, Connie Hodges, who in January announced her plans to retire in December 2014.
"Michelle has been actively involved in philanthropy and community development across northeast Florida and the state, and she is passionate about further advancing education, income and health initiatives," said R. Travis Storey, managing partner of KPMG and chair of United Way of Northeast Florida's board of trustees.
"Of the more than 170 applicants from the across the country, Michelle
was the most outstanding.
We look forward to the innovative and efficient approaches she
will bring to the organization."
Prior to being named as United Way of Northeast Florida's chief operating officer last summer, Braun served in senior-level positions at Wells Fargo, Wachovia and Bank of America for more than a decade.
Earning her bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame and master's degree in nonprofit management from The Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western University, Braun came to Northeast Florida in 1999 and led a record-setting campaign as vice president of resource development at United Way.
She remained engaged with the organization by serving as a member of the board of directors and the RealSense chair.
quickly made a powerful impact, and she
is the perfect person to lead the organization into the future."
Hodges will begin transitioning responsibilities to Braun
during the next few weeks.
When Braun officially assumes the role as president and CEO July 1, Hodges will become the executive of philanthropic outreach and will focus on accomplishing key goals outlined in United Way's Strategic Plan.
"I'm honored and humbled by this opportunity, and I am delighted to work alongside Connie during the next few months as we smoothly transition responsibilities," said Braun