Jackie Flowers & William Robertson to Co-Chair

Jackie Flowers and William Robertson to Co-Chair United Way of Pierce County’s 2021/2022 Campaign


October 19, 2021 Tacoma, Wash. — United Way of Pierce County (UWPC) has announced the 2021 Campaign Co-Chairs who will lead fundraising efforts; Jackie Flowers and William G. “Bill” Robertson.

As they step into this new volunteer role, Flowers and Robertson will lead and be responsible for overall workplace campaign goals, in which over 300 companies participate. The group will collaborate to gain support organizations throughout Pierce County.

Tacoma Public Utilities (TPU) appointed Jackie Flowers as Director in 2018 and reconfirmed her appointment in 2020. As Director of TPU, Flowers oversees Tacoma Power, Tacoma Water and Tacoma Rail operating divisions. TPU provides power and water services to customers in the City of Tacoma, neighboring communities and unincorporated Pierce County. TPU has approximately 1400 employees and a $1.2 billion biennial budget. Flowers acknowledges that TPU provides services that are vital to quality of life and that the partnership with United Way is critical to ensuring everyone in our community has access to resources they need.

William G. “Bill” Robertson is President and Chief Executive Officer of MultiCare. Bill joined MultiCare in 2014. He came from Adventist HealthCare Inc. based in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Prior to Adventist, Robertson served as CEO of Shawnee Mission Medical Center near Kansas City, Kansas. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Southern Adventist University and a Master of Business Administration from Texas Christian University. He was also a Certified Public Accountant.

This year, UWPC is celebrating its Centennial Anniversary, and as they look beyond the first 100 years, they look to the future and are committed to continuing the legacy of evolving and making an impact in our community. Through programs that support Basic Needs, South Sound 211 and our Center for Strong Families they are helping solve the most critical issues facing our community, such as poverty.

We invite the community to join them in supporting their work to lift 15,000 households out of poverty, one family at a time to help those currently in need, as well as an additional Centennial Pledge to continue the legacy and address the challenges of the future. We look forward to creating possibilities together and building a vibrant, inclusive and supportive community where everyone has the opportunity to thrive—now and into the future.

“We are so excited to have Jackie and Bill lead this effort,” said Emily Mendez-Bryant, United Way’s Chief Development Officer. “We have seen Bill and Jackie’s leadership in action and we know they will have tremendous impact on workplace campaigns which, in turn, will make our community better.”

Dona Ponepinto, United Way’s President & CEO adds, “We're so grateful for Jackie and Bill’s leadership and the community's support of our work.”




About United Way of Pierce County
Now in its Centennial year, United Way of Pierce County has served our community since 1921. Our history is rooted in partnerships—bringing people from different walks of life together to improve conditions for children, families and individuals. While that will never change, our role as a community fundraiser has shifted as the United Way movement has sharpened our focus to solve critical community issues that prevent people from meeting their full potential. Today we are leading change by breaking the cycle of poverty in Pierce County. UNITED, WE WILL LIFT 15,000 FAMILIES OUT OF POVERTY BY 2028. Learn more at https://www.uwpc.org/