Jill is President and CEO of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, the organization that is your local partner for driving the kind of measurable, lasting impact that none of us can achieve alone.
Under Jill’s leadership, United Way has shifted from an organization that simply makes grants to one that truly makes change. Jill has led United Way in tackling challenging, long-term issues that break the cycle of poverty. To accomplish this task, she works to inspire stakeholders to check their logos and egos at the door to bring people together who are willing to define themselves more by the problem they’re trying to solve than the organization or the constituency they represent. She understands that that’s what drives real, lasting change.
Through the engagement of nonprofit, business, government, community and labor sectors as well as over 140,000 donors across our region, United Way is able to connect a broad range of constituencies together from a common vantage point and infuse staff expertise with a community-based problem solving approach to tackle complex problems with practical strategies.
United Way’s mission has been Jill’s passion for many years. With her professional accreditation as a CPA, Jill spent 8 years at Arthur Andersen, LLP, before joining United Way in 2001, and prior to taking on the top spot, Jill served as United Way’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Leading United Way allows her to bring both her skills and passion to everything she does, and she feels fortunate to love her job so deeply and completely.
An active member of her community, Jill serves as a Board Member of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Fox Chase Cancer Center Foundation, the Philadelphia Council for College and Career Success, and the Accountable Care Organization of Pennsylvania (ACO-PA) at Jefferson Health System. She also serves on the Audit Committee of the Philadelphia Jewish Federation and the Advisory Board of Graduate!Philadelphia. She is a member of the Forum of Executive Women and the Pennsylvania Women’s Forum, and served on the judging panel for the 2014 Greater Philadelphia EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™.
Jill has been honored as a 2012 Women of Distinction and a “40 under 40”in 2009 by the Philadelphia Business Journal. In addition, she received the 2012 “Strong, Smart and Bold” award from Girls Inc. and was named a 2014 Drum Major Honoree for Community Empowerment by the Philadelphia Martin Luther King Jr. Association for Nonviolence.
A proud Penn State alumna, Jill resides in Collegeville with her husband Andrew and their two children, Kylie and Tyler.
Karen Cleary is responsible for United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey’s finance, customer relationships, and quality management functions. 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.
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.
Senior Vice President of Impact and Innovation
United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
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 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.
As Senior Vice President, Strategic and Regional Management, Chris Preston is responsible for the management and execution of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey’s Impact strategies across the region. He leads cross-functional projects and initiatives, develops and executes select elements of the organization’s strategic plan, and serves as a strong link for strategic United Way Worldwide national initiatives. He also works directly with UWGPSNJ’s executive directors throughout the region to help them deliver on critical strategies in local communities.
Chris has been in the United Way network for 11 years. Prior to joining UWGPSNJ, as Director, Corporate Relations for United Way Worldwide, he served as the liaison to 19 Global Corporate Leadership Program members, an elite recognition program for approximately 100 of United Way’s top partners around the world. Chris also served as Project Manager for the Network Engagement and Support Team (NEST) Committee for United Way’s U.S. Task Force on Economic Model & Growth. In addition to those roles, he was the Resource Development liaison for United Way Worldwide’s Africa Region and remains a convener for the Young Leaders Business Resource Group of United Way Worldwide’s Diversity & Inclusion Council. Prior to joining the Corporate Relations team, Chris was the National Sales Manager for United Way Store, formerly a wholly-owned subsidiary of United Way Worldwide.
Chris attended George Mason University and has continued to support his alma mater as President-Elect for the George Mason University Alumni Association.
Diane Castelbuono is Vice President of Impact at United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. Diane oversees strategy, innovation and program design for United Way’s impact work in education, income and health across the region. Led by Diane, the Impact Department works with nonprofit partners in the region to ensure children have access to high-quality education from cradle to career, adults and families achieve financial stability, and everyone is safe and healthy in their homes and communities.
Prior to her position with United Way, Diane was the Associate Superintendent for Strategic Programs for the School District of Philadelphia, where she led the district's school turnaround and charter school work. Previously, Diane served for five years as the Deputy Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, where she was responsible for the oversight and support of all K-12 public and private schools in the Commonwealth, serving over 1.8 million students. Diane has worked for the Philadelphia public school system in several cabinet-level positions, including chief of staff for the School Reform Commission and director of policy and planning.
Diane earned her undergraduate degree from Haverford College, and holds a Master of Business Administration from Eastern University. She resides in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, where her three children attend public school.
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, 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 non-profit 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.