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Rosson Named President & CEO of United Way of Greater Kansas City

Native Kansas Citian scheduled to join organization in June 2021

The Board of Trustees of United Way of Greater Kansas City (UWGKC) are pleased to announce the hiring of Chris Rosson as its President & CEO.

Rosson will be leaving his position as a regional executive director for Teach for America. In that role, he oversaw operations focused in the Kansas City metro area. He is a KC native who graduated summa cum laude from both William Jewell College and Johns Hopkins University. He also completed an honors tutorial in philosophy and politics at Oxford University and was featured as one of the nation’s top 20 college students by USA Today. He serves on several Kansas City charitable boards and committees including the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library, Startland and the Radical Inclusivity Advisory Committee at William Jewell College. In 2017 he was named a NextGen Leader by the Kansas City Business Journal. 

Rosson succeeds longtime UWGKC leader Brent Stewart, who retired at the end of 2020. UWGKC’s Board of Trustees engaged Koya Partners, a national executive search firm that works exclusively with mission-driven clients. Board Chair John Murphy led the search committee and said Koya’s extensive 360-degree references of Rosson brought to light numerous positive attributes and demonstrated respect from his subordinates and peers, alike.

“We set goals of hiring a transformational and innovative leader who would successfully lead United Way of Greater Kansas City into the future,” said Murphy, founder of J. Murphy Strategies. “Chris possesses those attributes and also has the tools to offer creative ideas to address the challenging needs of our community. He is an energetic leader with an entrepreneurial approach, who also has a deep passion for United Way’s mission and programs.”