United Way of Central Maryland today announced the appointment of Jim Wheeler as Chairman of the Board.
In his position, Jim Wheeler will lead United Way’s board of directors, which is responsible for United Way’s strategic direction and results. The board also helps to raise and invest funds in support of United Way’s work to provide families throughout central Maryland the tools, resources and support they need to build financial stability, obtain access to healthy food and quality health care, and keep kids in school.
“Over the next year, as part of an $8.27 million investment in Baltimore and its surrounding counties, United Way of Central Maryland will continue its important efforts to change the odds for families and communities facing poverty,” said Jim Wheeler, Chairman of the Board, United Way of Central Maryland. “After 24 years as a volunteer with United Way of Central Maryland, I am eager to take on this new leadership position.”
Mr. Wheeler became involved with the United Way in 1991 as a volunteer. He also serves as a Board member of the World Trade Center Institute. Mr. Wheeler is President of Ayers Saint Gross, an internationally recognized architecture and planning firm headquartered in Baltimore. He has written and lectured extensively on trends in higher education planning and co-authored the chapter on campus planning for the APPA/NACUBO publication Planning and Managing the Campus Facilities Portfolio. He has presented multiple papers to the Confederation of India Industry’s National Committee on Education and is responsible for the development of Ayers Saint Gross’ nationally recognized Comparing Campuses analysis, a statistical database of more than 250 college and university campuses now in its 17th year of publication.
“Jim Wheeler has been a superb volunteer and board member for United Way,” said Mark Furst, president & CEO, United Way of Central Maryland. “Jim cares deeply about the wellbeing of families facing poverty and wants United Way to expand and deepen our work to bring stability and self-sufficiency to their lives.”
For more information about United Way of Central Maryland, or to learn how you can contribute to the 2015 campaign, visit www.uwcm.org.
About United Way of Central Maryland
For 90 years, United Way of Central Maryland has been changing the odds for families and communities by investing in the building blocks of a self-sufficient life: education, financial stability and health. Family Stability is at the core of this work, which includes helping children attain the education they need to be successful; preventing homelessness and providing, safe, affordable housing; and increasing access to healthy food and healthcare. All of this work is underpinned by a safety net of critical service supports to meet people’s basic needs, plus the 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline, which answered more than 100,000 calls for help last fiscal year. United Way of Central Maryland serves Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties and Baltimore City. To help change the odds for families and communities in central Maryland or learn more, visit www.uwcm.org.