Sue Dreier & Jackie Flowers


October 7, 2020 Tacoma, Wash. — United Way of Pierce County has announced the 2020 Campaign Co-Chairs who will lead fundraising efforts; Sue Dreier and Jackie Flowers. As they step into this new volunteer role, Dreier and Flowers will lead and be responsible for overall workplace campaign goals, which over 300 companies participate in. 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.

Sue Dreier is CEO of Pierce Transit, an agency of nearly 1,000 employees and a $153 million budget. Dreier came to Pierce Transit from Salem-Keizer Transit in Salem, Oregon, where she served as Chief Operating Officer and managed the agency's day-to-day operations. Dreier believes that transit is about connecting people with their communities and is excited about leading Pierce Transit into a new era of transportation leadership and community service.

“We are so excited to have Jackie and Sue lead this effort,” said Emily Mendez-Bryant, United Way’s Chief Development Officer. “We have seen Sue 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 and CEO adds, “Both Sue and Jackie have supported United Way for years  and we are so fortunate that they are giving their time to elevate the profile of this campaign and United Way’s mission. Both understand that improving lives in our community takes all of us and we are proud to have two women-leaders come together to make more possible for everyone in Pierce County.”


About United Way of Pierce County 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