United Way of Pierce County Employee Selected for United Way Worldwide Leadership Program

March 4, 2022 – Pierce County, Wash. — Emily Mendez-Bryant, Chief Development Officer at United Way of Pierce County has been selected to participate in United Way’s Advanced Leadership Program. The Advanced Leadership (ALP) program is a year-long leadership development course designed for senior-level professionals who are strong performers and have demonstrated a capacity for leadership.

“United Way of Pierce County is proud that Emily Mendez-Bryant was chosen to be a member of the next class of the Advanced Leadership Program,” said Dona Ponepinto, President and CEO of United Way of Pierce County. “We are pleased that Emily is among the best and brightest of United Way. It is leaders such as Emily who will engage with the next generation of donors and carry our mission forward supporting our community.”

Selection for ALP is based on an individual’s performance, mastery of skills and core competencies, and potential for leadership. Applications come from the nearly 13,000 people serving in local United Ways around the world, and across all departments.  Admission to the program is highly selective, with participation limited to just 18 applicants each year. 

“By putting our people and culture first, ensures our network is building a diverse pipeline of high performing high potential network leaders for our global Network,” said Amy Dinofrio, EVP, Chief People & Culture Officer at United Way Worldwide. “Identifying and supporting high-performing and high-potential talent enables United Way to build a culture of top-performing talent to advance the mission and serve every person in every community.”

The 2022 Advanced Leadership Program runs from February 2022 – November 2022 and requires participants to take part in a series of in-depth learning events. For more information please visit: https://www.unitedway.org/careers/working-at-united-way.


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 preventing 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/