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-rate 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 Ronald-Lesko is a collaborator, facilitator, critical thinker, and agent for systems change. Marci currently serves as the Executive Vice President at United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, where she helps to propel the organization to success and to foster community change.
Marci is responsible for leading the $15M organization’s strategy and integration, Collective Impact community capacity building, and marketing and communications. Marci’s twenty year career in human services have offered experiences in public health, victim services, bullying prevention and intervention, juvenile offender mediation, and education reform. Marci supports and nurtures many community change initiatives across the Lehigh Valley and has offered her expertise and time with several state and national endeavors, notably with United Way Worldwide, the Coalition for Community Schools, and FSG’s Collective Impact Community of Practice and Funders Forum.
Marci is a proud member of Women United and has won four distinguished awards in her community—The Human Relations Commission (2005), the Donley Award for Children’s Advocacy (2016), the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania Take the Lead Award (2017), and the Community Achievement Award/Lehigh Valley Business Woman of Influence (2018).