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 is a values-driven, human-centered leader, strategist and noted public speaker. Marci currently serves as the Executive Vice President at United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, one of the top performing United Way organizations in the United States.
Marci co-leads United Way to achieve its vision and purpose through organization development, strategy and planning, oversight of strategic technology, marketing and communications, grants and product development, and the lead strategist for the organization’s approach to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Marci’s background and expertise in bullying prevention, public and community health, victim services, juvenile offender mediation and education reform have provided a foundation of knowledge and skills to apply to complex social issues and systems change.
As a proud member of Women United, Marci has won five distinguished awards in the Lehigh Valley: 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/Lehigh Valley Business Woman of Influence (2018) and the PBS39 Fred Rogers Good Neighbor Award (2018). Marci also led her organization to receive the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center Community Leadership Award (2021).
Marci co-created the Lehigh Valley Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Practitioner Network, serves on the Board of Directors for LINC, as the Board Chair for Enduring Keys, LLC, as an advisory board member with Festival UnBound, as the Vice Chair of Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance (PA’s premiere child abuse prevention organization), and as a member of the Palmerton Concourse Club.
Marci is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Professional Services in Organization Development and Change Management at Pennsylvania State University. And finally, Marci recently completed Dr. Brene Brown’s Daring Leadership course intensive.