Sellers to Lead U.S. United Way

Mary Sellers, left, is the new national president of United Way. Elisabeth Buck, right, will succeed Sellers as head of the United Way of Central Iowa.

After more than five years as president of United Way of Central Iowa, Mary Sellers has been appointed United Way Worldwide’s U.S. president. Beginning in mid May, she will lead the strategic direction for United Way across the United States, a network of over 1,200 local United Way organizations. Sellers will continue to reside in Des Moines.

Elisabeth Buck will succeed Sellers as president of United Way of Central Iowa. She currently serves as chief community impact officer.

“Mary has been leading one of the most successful United Ways in the country. She’s ahead of the curve on donor engagement and has built bridges across the community,” Brian A. Gallagher, president and CEO of United Way Worldwide, said in a prepared statement this morning.

Describing Sellers as “an incredible asset for our community,” local United Way board chair Chris Littlefield noted: “The fact that United Way Worldwide has selected their U.S. president from Des Moines is something we can all take pride in. And thankfully we will not be losing her presence here in Central Iowa.”

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