With more than 30 years dedicated the world’s largest nonprofit, David Lewis is humbled to serve as President of United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley since 2013. Under his leadership, the UWGLV team has raised and invested record-setting amounts to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of residents throughout Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties. In 2021, UWGLV made the most significant community investment in the organization’s 103-year history, a record breaking $22 million. With a passion for helping people in need and a gift for partnership building, Lewis has raised more than $300 million throughout his career.
During his tenure as President, UWGLV has been recognized among the top 40 of 1,800 United Ways located around the world, specifically as a Center of Excellence. Using innovative and collaborative leadership, Lewis has led the Greater Lehigh Valley to adopt a Collective Impact model and mobilize around three, bold and common goals. Since setting those goals in 2014, third grade reading rates have improved, 17,000 more people have access to affordable food and 50 percent more seniors can stay safe and healthy at home.
Lewis spent the early part of his career as a social worker with middle and high-school students and later transitioned to fundraising to reach more people in need. He began working with United Way in 1988 as campaign director in Southeastern Pennsylvania (Philadelphia), served as Vice President of Resource Development in Camden County, New Jersey and was Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in Lancaster County. He joined UWGLV in 2012 as Vice President, Resource Development.
Lewis holds a B.S. in social work from Elizabethtown College and M.S.W. in social work administration from Rutgers University. He’s been recognized by Lehigh Valley Business as a Game Changer – Most Admired CEO of a Nonprofit and honored with The Salvation Army’s Spirit of the Lehigh Valley award.
Lewis has three adult children: Joshua, Jacob and Riley and a grandson Jack Elliott. He resides in Hellertown and loves living and working in a community where so many people care about helping their neighbors.
Marci Lesko currently serves as Executive Vice President and Corporate Secretary at United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, having been part of the organization since 2006. In her current role, Lesko provides leadership across the organization, with special focus on strategic technology, data operations, human resources, diversity, equity and inclusion, community impact, board development and more. Lesko’s background in supporting and leading community spans a variety of complex social issues and she is grateful for the opportunity to help improve lives and community conditions through the United Way.
In addition to being a proud member of Women United, Lesko serves on several boards and is affiliated with many community improvement efforts such as the Lehigh County Suicide Prevention Coalition, as Board Chair for Pennsylvania’s Family Support Alliance, as Vice Chair of LINC, as Board Chair of Enduring Keys, Inc., as Chair of the Ways and Means Committee of the Concourse Club of Palmerton, and as co-creator of the Lehigh Valley’s DEI Practitioner Network.
Lesko has won several distinguished awards for her work, including the Human Relations Commission (2005), The Donley Award for Children’s Advocacy (2016), Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania Take the Lead Award (2017), Community Achievement Award/Woman of Influence Award from Lehigh Valley Business (2018), the PBS39 Fred Rogers Good Neighbor Award (2018), and led the United Way to receive the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center Community Leadership Award (2021).
Lesko holds a Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education from Illinois State University (1999) and a Master of Professional Services in Organization Development and Change Management from Pennsylvania State University (2022).