Kevin Dow set to join United Way

Kevin Dow

Kevin Dow has been named senior vice president of Impact and Innovation at the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.

Dow will leave his post as chief operating officer and senior deputy director of the Philadelphia Commerce Department to join the United Way at the end of February.

In his new role, he will lead United Way’s regional impact agenda, developing and executing strategies that address critical needs in local communities, improving education, income, and health in nine counties across Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey.

“It has been my privilege to be a United Way partner for decades, as a contributor, corporate partner and volunteer. I am thrilled to now be joining United Way as the leader of the Impact team,” said Dow.

“My time with the city, making Philadelphia a better place and creating opportunities for communities to thrive — improving education, commerce and quality of life — has been the beacon of my career; it is a true blessing, and I am grateful for the opportunity to continue improving lives in this region with United Way, an organization that is so closely aligned with my values.”

Under Dow’s leadership, UWGPSNJ will invest its Impact Fund in organizations and United Way-led programs and initiatives that ensure children start kindergarten ready to learn; students read at grade level by third grade; youth graduate from high school ready for college and career; households have the income and assets necessary to be financially stable and economically independent; and that individuals and families have access to resources they need to lead healthy lives and have their basic needs met.

“Kevin has a proven track record of leading high-performing, results-oriented initiatives to help boost our region overall,” Jill Michal, president and CEO of UWGPSNJ said in a press release.

“He is a strategic thinker and leader with a solid foundation in business, finance, government and nonprofit leadership, and we are thrilled to have him lead our Impact work. With a strong relationship management skillset and a passion for philanthropy, Kevin’s expertise will help us be an effective leader and partner in this region, driving measurable, lasting impact that none of us can achieve alone.”

For the last five years, Dow has served as chief operating officer of the Commerce Department where he led efforts to help small businesses and major corporations in Philadelphia thrive, ultimately increasing economic development in the city.

“Kevin was instrumental in creating an environment where businesses choose to locate, stay and hire in the city of Philadelphia. His efforts enabled the city to have a direct impact on the stabilization and in many cases the revitalization, of neighborhoods and commercial corridors throughout the city,” Mayor Michael Nutter said in a press release.

“On behalf of all Philadelphians, I thank Kevin for his unwavering commitment to public service and wish him well in his new endeavors.”

Dow successfully led the integration of both the Philadelphia Commercial Development Corporation (PCDC) and Labor Standards Unit into alignment with the Commerce Department, positioning the city to achieve robust small business lending results and a more focused attention to wage compliance on publicly funded projects.

Three new initiatives — the Commercial Cleaning, Security Camera and In-Store Fit-Out programs — were launched during his tenure and, when combined with the Commercial Corridor Management and Storefront Improvement programs, provided more than $2 million in grants to about 300 businesses, leveraging $5 million in private resources and employing upwards of 2500 people.


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