Lisa Courtice, PhD, president and CEO of United Way of Central Ohio, today named Michael Wilkos as Senior Vice President of Community Impact. The Community Impact team at United Way develops effective approaches to fighting poverty and invests in programs provided by funded partners to implement these approaches.
Michael is currently the Director of Community Research at The Columbus Foundation. During his tenure at the foundation he initiated, led, and managed more than $9 million in competitive grant-making to support holistic community revitalization in Weinland Park, an effort to stabilize and revitalize a mixed-income community near The Ohio State University. Prior to joining the foundation, Michael served as Senior Impact Director and Director of Neighborhood Development at United Way of Central Ohio. In that position he managed program allocations supporting neighborhood development strategies. Among many other duties, he also directed volunteer involvement in developing and implementing strategies supporting housing and community safety programs.
“Simply put, there is no better person we can have in this crucial role,” said Lisa Courtice. “Michael has served as an extremely valuable leader at both United Way and The Columbus Foundation and understands better than anyone in our community the challenges we face and how we can overcome them through effective and innovative approaches. I am confident that he will help us move to the next level in our work to fight poverty through his remarkable enthusiasm, passion, and expertise in serving disadvantaged populations.”