UNA CEO Transition

04 August 2015 Published in News & Updates

Dear UNA Friends,

It is bittersweet that I share the news with you that Chris Bray will be stepping down as Chief Executive Officer of the Utah Nonprofits Association to become the United Way of Salt Lake's Vice President of Collective Impact. Although I am sad to see Chris go, as she has been both an amazing leader and colleague over the past three years, I am filled with joy and excitement for her as she moves into her new role at United Way.

During her tenure at UNA, Chris has worked tirelessly to elevate and support our nonprofit community across the State of Utah. She more than doubled the size of UNA's budget from a little over $200,000 to nearly $500,000, enabling UNA to improve and expand its programs statewide.

In 2014, UNA provided professional development training to over 1500 individuals from 539 nonprofit organizations throughout the state. UNA's staff has expanded as well, and now includes a networking coordinator in Southern Utah, helping to bring the mission of UNA to a broader audience and increase the impact of the nonprofit community there. Increased capacity has also allowed UNA to focus on raising the collective voice of nonprofits in Utah through its public policy work. This past year the nonprofit sector was represented for the first time in the Utah State Economic Report to the Governor, and during the 2015 legislative session, UNA was involved in the development of three bills and the monitoring of two others that directly affected all 501(c)3's in the state! See our legislative round up here.

UNA's Online Nonprofit Training Calendar is now a community calendar where nonprofit professionals can find training opportunities offered by many partners across the state. The UNA website also includes more resources available to members at the press of a button!

This year, Chris spearheaded the launch of UNA's Nonprofit Credential Program allowing nonprofits to receive highly visible recognition for their work and to establish best practices in all areas of their operations.

Chris was also responsible for the largest grant to date at UNA, opening a new role for UNA in research, working to promote deeper understanding with the aim of increasing collaboration within the refugee community.

When asked of her time at UNA, Chris responded, "Our UNA team, board, volunteers and community leaders have worked together to achieve so much these past three years. It has been exciting and fulfilling work to see UNA grow and be able to have more capacity to support the important work of the nonprofit community. It has been my honor to work with such an amazing, talented and devoted group of colleagues, many who I count as friends. I look forward to more opportunities to work together in my new role."

UNA's Board of Directors will be hiring an interim director in order to do an extensive candidate search for a new CEO to continue the work. Chris' last day at UNA will be August 21, 2015. If you have any questions, please contact UNA at info@utahnonprofits.org.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to say that we are super proud of Chris and all her accomplishments during her time at UNA. She has been a strong and unwavering advocate for our community and all those who serve within it, and I am confident that within her new role, we will continue to see that kind of dedication and commitment. We wish you all the best, Chris!

With kind regards,
Kasandra VerBrugghen
UNA Board Chair