Bill Berry Takes on Leadership Role with United Way of Pierce County Board of Directors

(TACOMA, WA) Recently, Bill Berry, who serves as a strategic financial leader for Tacoma Public Utilities, was appointed as Chair of the United Way of Pierce County Board of Directors.

Bill has extensive executive experience in public power and water utilities, in addition to utility-focused investment banking and strategic financial planning. He has served on the United Way board of directors for the past five years.

“Bill is an energetic, innovative, resilient and cutting-edge leader who navigates challenges well and acts with great diplomacy. His enthusiasm and passion for our work in lifting 15,000 households out of poverty by 2028, is tremendous,” notes Dona Ponepinto, CEO United Way of Pierce County. “As we continually evolve to meet the needs of the community, we are grateful for Bill’s sharp focus and strategic thinking.”  

Bill and his wife Bari are long-time supporters and advocates of United Way. He has also served on United Way’s Executive Committee as Vice Chair of the Board for the past year. During his time on the board, he has also been a member of the Governance Committee.

“I am passionate about United Way. Our cause is to unite the community to end poverty, one-family-at-a-time. We help give people a hand up when they need it most through South Sound 2-1-1, and we help lift families toward their dreams and sustainable futures through the Centers for Strong Families,” said Berry. “It’s an exciting time to serve in this volunteer role as we near our 100-year anniversary in 2021.”

Bill grew up in Newark, NJ, and joined Tacoma Public Utilities after a 30+-year career in financial management, businesses services, and investment banking. He holds a BA from Williams College in Political Science.

“Bill has been a step-up-and-do volunteer leader from the moment he got involved with United Way, driven by a sincere desire to help others and to build a thriving community,” said Ponepinto. “He is also a friendly, kind and supportive individual who is truly a pleasure to know. While our work is serious, Bill always has a ready smile and great sense of humor.”

In addition to United Way’s overall financial goal, this year’s work will continue the effort to grow the number of individuals and businesses partnering with United Way through advocacy, program expansion and corporate and individual financial contributions.

To learn more about United Way’s leadership, please visit the United Way of Pierce County website at



United Way of Pierce County has a bold goal to lift 15,000 households out of poverty and into financial stability by 2028. We will achieve this by mobilizing local businesses, community organizations, governmental agencies and individuals, to make a long-term measurable difference in our community. Together, we are creating a stronger community. To learn more or to join our fight against poverty in Pierce County, visit

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