New Board Members Boost United Way’s Leadership Team

New Board Members Boost United Way’s Leadership Team

United Way Board announces addition of Tanisha Jumper, Louis P. Cooper, Jr. and Steven M. Harlow

TACOMA,WA – United Way of Pierce County today announced the addition of three new members to its respected board of directors, including:

  • Tanisha Jumper
  • Louis P. Cooper, Jr.
  • Steven M. Harlow

These talented leaders all share United Way’s vision to improve the lives of Pierce County individuals and families and look forward to making a more significant impact in their community. “United Way is honored to attract such talented volunteers, some of the most respected community and business leaders in Pierce County,” said Dona Ponepinto, United Way’s President and CEO. “These stellar individuals are not only passionate about our mission but they strongly believe in our comprehensive efforts to tackle poverty in our community.”

Each of the new board members, elected by the incumbent Board to serve three-year terms, brings unique perspectives and talents to the United Way board.

As the Interim Director of Media and Communications for the City of Tacoma Tanisha Jumper also has oversight of TV Tacoma.  In addition to this appointment, Tanisha serves as the manager of Tacoma 2025, the City wide strategic plan and vision. She is responsible for the implementation plan, working with community partners and residents, while monitoring the progress towards realizing the vision established by the community.


A Private Client Advisor at U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, Steven Harlow  leads the Tacoma Private Bank team and is responsible for new business development with high net worth individuals. With more than 30 years’ experience managing banking relationships, including the past 20 years with Bank of America, he strives to build deep and long-term relationships.


In addition to his leadership role at Port of Tacoma, Louis Cooper is also the Military Liaison for any strategic lifts of Military equipment out of the Port of Tacoma. Additionally he serves as the face for the Port’s Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Port of Tacoma (South Harbor of the Northwest Seaport Alliance,) which represents the fourth largest container shipping port in North America.


To learn more about our board of directors, please visit the United Way of Pierce County website.



United Way fights for the Education, Health and Financial Stability of every person in Pierce County. We focus on long-term solutions to the most critical interconnected challenges facing local individuals, children and families. Our bold goal is to lift 15,000 households out of poverty and into financial stability by 2028. By mobilizing local businesses, community organizations, governmental agencies and individuals, we make a long-term measurable difference in our community. United, we change the lives of adults and children right here in Pierce County and create a brighter future for every one of us. To learn more or to join our fight, visit


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