On June 30, Beth Cobert, director at McKinsey & Company, completed three years of service as United Way of the Bay Area’s Board Chair. Beth is a shining example of someone who has combined her business acumen with her passion for community.
In the words of fellow board member and SamTrans CEO Mike Scanlon, “Beth has been a truly outstanding chair who leads by example and always reached out to engage others in deliberations and decisions. It’s been amazing to observe her juggle the many competing demands on her time while leading United Way to accomplish so many wonderful things particularly during these difficult economic times. She’s an inspiration to us all.”
Under Beth’s guidance and leadership as board chair, United Way of the Bay Area achieved several major accomplishments:
- We declared our ten-year goal to cut Bay Area poverty in half by 2020. Beth provided critical guidance for building our organization’s strategic plan to achieve this goal.
- We established 10 SparkPoint financial-education centers throughout the Bay Area, which have helped more than 5,000 people move forward on the path out of poverty.
- We launched our Women’s Leadership Council, a powerful, passionate network of Bay Area women who are investing time, talent and resources to fight poverty. Beth is a founding member and provided a generous donation for a matching-gift challenge that has boosted recruitment efforts.
“It has been an incredible privilege to work with such an energetic, dedicated board and executive staff, to help deliver on the vision and force for positive change that the United Way of the Bay Area provides for our community,” said Beth.
United Way CEO Anne Wilson said, “Beth’s voice was instrumental in our adoption of one clear, though audacious, goal to cut poverty in half. And that clarity has proved transformational. She understands the power of our brand and the importance of continuing to bring forward the story of the new United Way and our poverty-fighting mission.”
Beth will continue to serve on our board, as we welcome our new board chair, Susan Sutherland.