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Executive Team

Jim Cawley Jim Cawley
President and CEO
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Jim Cawley is president and CEO of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ), where he leads the organization’s work to improve Education, Income and Health for the region’s most vulnerable populations, while also strengthening the regional safety net.

Jim oversees UWGPSNJ’s mission to harness, leverage and strategically invest the collective power of more than 100,000 donors, advocates and volunteers, to drive measurable, lasting Impact that none of us can achieve alone. Through the Impact Fund, UWGPSNJ works to ensure children start kindergarten ready to learn; students read at grade level by the end of third grade; youth graduate from high school ready for college and career; households have the income and assets necessary to be financially stable and economically independent; and individuals and families have access to resources they need to lead healthy lives and have their basic needs met.

Jim has spent the majority of his career in the service of others, both regionally and nationally, developing productive relationships and leading large groups of constituents to success. As the 32nd Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Jim honed a unique understanding of how United Way’s Impact areas connect and how strategic improvements in Education, Income and Health can lift the entire region. He also brought government and community leaders together through his work with various statewide commissions and partnerships, as well as recovery efforts stemming from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in 2011. Prior to being elected to statewide office, Jim served on the Bucks County Board of Commissioners, as Chief of Staff to State Senator Tommy Tomlinson, and as a member of the board of the Bristol Township School District.

In the community, Jim has served on the board of directors for Lower Bucks Hospital and as trustee of Bucks County Community College. He is currently a Commonwealth Trustee on the Temple University Board of Trustees.

A native of Levittown, PA, Jim earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a law degree from Temple University. He resides in Wrightstown, PA, with his wife Suzanne and their son Nicky.

Karen Cleary
Chief Finance and Administrative Officer
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Karen Cleary is responsible for United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey’s finance, technology, operations, and human resources. In this role, Karen oversees the organization’s campaign processing, information technology support and internal operations.

Karen joined United Way in 2003 as Controller and became Director of Finance in 2005. In 2008, she was appointed Vice President of Finance, and in 2014, she was named Chief Finance and Administrative Officer.

Prior to joining United Way, Karen worked as an audit senior at Arthur Andersen, LLP, where she specialized in healthcare and not-for-profit clients. She also held the role of manager of expense administration at CIGNA. Karen is a graduate of Penn State University and is a CPA. She is a member of the PICPA.

Kevin-Dow-Photo Kevin Dow
Senior Vice President of Impact and Innovation
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Senior Vice President of Impact and Innovation

Kevin Dow is the Senior Vice President of Impact and Innovation at United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, where he leads the regional Impact agenda, developing and executing strategies that address critical needs in local communities to improve education, income, and health in nine counties across Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey.

Prior to joining United Way, Kevin served for five years as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Deputy Commerce Director for the City of Philadelphia’s Commerce Department, where he led strategic efforts to help both small businesses and major corporations in Philadelphia thrive, ultimately increasing economic development in the city. Previously, Kevin worked in both financial services and community investment at Wachovia Corporation. He also has 24 years of experience serving on nonprofit boards of diverse organizations within the economic development, workforce, education, religious and cultural sectors.

Currently, Kevin sits on the boards of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Multicultural Affairs Congress, Philadelphia Academies Inc., Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation New Markets Tax Credit Committee, and Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation Small Business Steering Committee. As a native Philadelphian and a proud graduate of Central High School, Kevin received his B.A. in Finance in 1991 from Morehouse College in Atlanta. He later earned his M.B.A. in Management in 2002 from Saint Joseph’s University. Kevin resides in Philadelphia with his wife and two children.

Annie Madonia
Senior Vice President of Strategic Philanthropy
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Annie Madonia is Senior Vice President of Strategic Philanthropy at United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. She is responsible for leading and managing all of the United Way's Resource Development programs and initiatives. In this role, Annie works closely with United Way's philanthropic partners, and oversees the annual workplace campaign, affinity groups, major gift cultivation, and endowment and planned giving efforts.

Before joining the United Way, Annie served as Vice President of Development and Board Relations for The Philadelphia Orchestra; prior to that, she spent 12 years at The Cleveland Orchestra, ultimately serving as Director of Development from 2000-2007. She has also held development positions at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Inc. and Carnegie Hall.

A native of New York City, Annie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history from Wellesley College.

Christopher Redding Murray
Vice President of Communications and External Affairs
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With a goal to strengthen United Way’s brand and effectively support relationships with donors and partners across the community and region, Chris Murray spearheads United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey’s communications strategy and external affairs function, with a focus on market research, public and media relations, digital and social media, and advertising.

Chris has served a diverse group of clients throughout his public relations and marketing communications career, creating and executing strategic business-to-business and consumer communications programs in the technology, sports & entertainment, healthcare, tourism, finance, manufacturing and professional services industries. Chris’ agency background includes large and small firms in the Philadelphia area, including a boutique agency he founded, leading impactful PR and marketing communications initiatives that have helped organizations drive sales, enhance brands, protect reputations, establish leadership positions and build relationships with key stakeholders.

While at Tierney Communications, Chris directed marketing communications for a major professional golf championship, coordinated media relations for international events in Shanghai, Tokyo, Prague and the U.S., and managed sustained communications campaigns for a leader in the environmental science industry. Chris also led a number of pro bono initiatives for nonprofit organizations in the region, and was a member of Tierney’s issues management and crisis communications team.

A Southeastern PA native, Chris and his wife, Karen, are the proud parents of daughter Bridget and son Charlie. Chris is a passionate advocate for individuals with Down Syndrome, a committee member of the Catholic Leadership Institute, and a member of the Business Advisory Council at Elwyn and board of directors of Woods Services Foundation.

Chris is an adjunct professor in the Department of Culture & Communication at Drexel University and a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

John Emge Headshot John Emge
Vice President and Regional Executive Director
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As Vice President and Regional Executive Director, John Emge oversees UWGPSNJ's work in southern New Jersey. With more than 30 years of United Way experience, John has worked throughout South Jersey and Southeastern Pennsylvania. In that time, he managed fundraising efforts exceeding $35 million and successfully transitioned United Ways in Atlantic and Cape May Counties from pass-through funders to strategic social investors. John played an integral role in UWGPSNJ’s 2012 merger, serving as co-chair of the design team. Now, as part of the organization’s Senior Leadership Team, he is focused on advancing UWGPSNJ’s regional work and galvanizing volunteers to drive Impact forward with shared vision and a cohesive strategy.

John began his United Way career in West Virginia as finance manager for the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley. From there he returned to the area where he was raised – Philadelphia – working as a campaign associate and eventually being promoted to assistant director of campaign for United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania. He then moved over to United Way of Burlington County, and as campaign director he successfully raised annual revenue from $3 million to $4.2 million over his nine-year tenure.

John is active on the following Boards: Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce; NJ 211 Partnership; Stockton University’s Center for Community Engagement Advisory Board, Stockton University’s Business Advisory Board; Institute for Community Development; and the Coalition for a Safe Community (treasurer). He is currently president of the United Ways of New Jersey.

John is married with three children. He holds a B.A. degree in accounting from Wheeling Jesuit University.

Doreen Storey Headshot Doreen Storey
Executive Director, Delaware County
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Doreen Storey has been committed to serving the needs of Delaware County’s residents through United Way for more than 16 years. She started as United Way’s Director of Community Investments in Delaware County, and worked her way up to Executive Director─ a role she has held since 2008.

During her tenure, Doreen has proven a vital community leader in Delaware County through her ability to cultivate meaningful, strong partnerships with community organizations. These include the Rotary Club, East Gateway Triangle Association, Chester Youth Build, Communities That Care, and the Lang Center of Swarthmore College.

Doreen completed her B.A. in communications at the University of Pittsburgh and holds an M.S. in organizational leadership from Wilmington University in Delaware. She is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Chester Alumnae Chapter, and presently serves on the Board of Directors for the J. Lewis Crozer Library.