Local United Way announces new interim CEO

Dana Clayton has been appointed interim president and CEO of the United Way of North Central Florida.

Clayton, who also directs United Way’s six-member campaign team, joined the organization in May 2011 as the director of leadership giving and affinity groups. She was quickly promoted to vice president of resource development in August of that same year.

Before joining United Way, Clayton had 30 years of experience with Macy’s Department Stores; of those, she spent 18 as the vice president of stores for the national retailer’s Gainesville location.

“I have been fortunate to have worked with such a talented team and our great community partners and supporters over the past three years,” Clayton said. “This is an exciting time to be a part of United Way and to work with our community to help those in need. I am honored to assist as we transition to new leadership.”

A national search for a permanent president and CEO is underway and is a top priority for the organization’s board of directors and search committee. Applications from qualified candidates, ideally those with past United Way and executive-level experience, will be accepted through the end of the week.

United Way of North Central Florida’s generous donors and grant funders will continue to have a strong partnership with the organization under Clayton’s leadership, making an impact on the education, health and income of residents throughout the six-county area United Way of North Central Florida serves.

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