UWRI President and CEO Anthony Maione to Retire in 2018

Anthony Maione, President & CEO of United Way of Rhode Island (UWRI) has announced that he will retire from his position as of December 31, 2018.  Maione has led the organization since January, 2005. His retirement caps a 35-year career as a nonprofit CEO. During his leadership, United Way of Rhode Island has raised more than $170 million dollars and faced some of the most turbulent times in nonprofit history, including the 2008 recession.

“With Tony’s leadership, United Way has taken on a major role in solving important community issues,” says UWRI Board President Sandra J. Pattie, President and CEO of BankNewport. “United Way has initiated programs and policies to reduce homelessness, increase affordable housing, improve workforce training and develop high quality pre-kindergarten, afterschool and summer learning programs. The Board is grateful to Tony for his work on behalf of the community, and for his exceptional stewardship of the organization, which he leaves in a strong financial position.”

During Maione’s tenure, United Way of Rhode Island changed its grant model to a three-year competitive system, moved its home office from the East Side of Providence to Olneyville, and established the statewide 2-1-1 call center. In recent years, United Way’s 2-1-1 in Rhode Island has become a national model, the first to offer walk-in services for clients and the highest-call volume (per capita) 2-1-1 in the country – taking nearly 200,000 requests a year. United Way also led the passage of three housing bonds, and continues to focus on work that addresses problems at their roots.

“I have been privileged to lead United Way of Rhode Island since 2005,” says Maione.  “Working together with local companies, labor, elected officials, community leaders, agencies and donors, we’ve been on an amazing path that has helped to change policies that will help thousands of people.  Together is the key word.  There is not one thing we have done that I could have done alone.”

KLR Executive Search Group has been engaged to conduct a search for Maione’s replacement. The search committee is led by UWRI Board Member Dolph L. Johnson, Jr., EVP & Chief HR Officer for Hasbro, Inc. All inquiries about the search should be directed to Ed Blum at eblum@klrsearchgroup.com.