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United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra Names Michael Brazier as CEO and President



Michael Brazier

The United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra (UWNNS) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection and hiring of Michael Brazier as president and CEO. Brazier comes from a nonprofit background, having spent the past ten years leading various development efforts for leading national health organizations. He joins a dynamic and dedicated board, staff, and community of volunteers, and will focus on fulfilling the organization’s mission to link the community’s will and resources to improve lives.

Most recently, Brazier served as the nationwide program strategy lead for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital walk/run program growing the program’s revenue, introducing a volunteer-driven model, and increasing corporate engagement. Michael started his career in the nonprofit space in various roles at the American Cancer Society, where he led community-driven events and staff across northern Nevada and Idaho. He also served in a division-wide strategic role, primarily supporting the Relay For Life program. In his roles, Brazier gained valuable knowledge in nonprofit development, corporate involvement, volunteer development, and community engagement.

Brazier received a B.S. in business administration with a concentration in finance at the University of South Carolina, Aiken. He also holds certifications in executive management and is a Six Sigma Green Belt.

“We are excited to bring Michael in to lead the organization,” said Mitch Cohen, chair of the Board of Directors. “He brings with him not only a wealth of experience in the nonprofit world and in human services, but also a fresh perspective and eagerness to ensure the United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra continues its success.”

As the leader of UWNNS, Brazier’s primary responsibility will be to deliver on the organization’s business plan and initiative of improving grade-level reading in northern Nevada. Specifically, the organization aims to achieve a goal of three out of four third-graders reading proficiently by the year 2020.

​Brazier lives in Reno with his partner. He enjoys exploring Reno and Sparks on his bicycle and being immersed in various activities, art, and culture that the area has to offer.

“I look forward to continuing to serve and improve this community that we all live in,” Brazier said. “United Way is doing great things in our community and beyond, and I am honored to be able to lead the charge here in northern Nevada.”

About United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra
UWNNS has successfully served northern Nevada for over 75 years. With a goal of 3 out of 4 children in northern Nevada reading proficiently at the conclusion of third grade, UWNNS concentrates on four key pillars needed to achieve the goal: early learning and development, kindergarten readiness and early literacy, early grade success and strengthening families. For more information, call 775-322-8668 or visit www.uwnns.org. Connect with us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/UWNNS/), Twitter (twitter.com/uwnns), Instagram (www.instagram.com/_uwnns_/) and Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/75stories75yrs/).


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