After more than nine years of service to the community, LeAnn Powers, Chief Executive Officer of United Way of Williamson County, will retire at the end of April.
Under her leadership, Powers elevated the level of awareness of some of the most challenging social issues facing Williamson County. Events such as the Suburbanization of Poverty Community Impact Summit held in 2014 and the Education Summit held in 2015 provided expert information about community challenges as well as proven solutions to address those problems.
Additionally, Powers was the driving force behind moving United Way of Williamson County to an impact-driven organization. Since 2009, she has implemented industry standards and reporting practices to the Community Impact Grant process and launched seven strategic programs including free tax preparation services, financial literacy classes, and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. While in this position, Powers led the investment of more than $5 million in United Way programs and Community Impact Grants to address many of Williamson County’s health, education, and financial stability needs.
“I am extremely grateful to have worked alongside so many amazing and dedicated people over the years to build an organization that is respected and valued in this community,” CEO LeAnn Powers said. “While I am excited that in my retirement I will have time to spend with my daughters, their families, and my extended family, I will miss working with so many amazing people from across the area.”
Powers has spent almost 30 years in nonprofit work in the Central Texas area serving in the positions of Development Support Staff, Volunteer Coordinator, Facility Manager, Human Resources Manager, Development Director, Community Impact Director and most recently as CEO at United Way of Williamson County. In addition to her work within nonprofits, Powers has served on various non-profit Boards as well as an advisor to nonprofits providing expertise in Board training and assessments.
A farewell event will be held on April 30 at the Williamson Conference Center located behind the Wingate Hotel in Round Rock. The event will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. with a short program at 5:30 p.m. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.