September 15, 2016

LEADERSHIP

UNITED WAY FRESNO AND MADERA STAFF IS A DYNAMIC GROUP OF LEADERS DEEPLY COMMITTED TO CUTTING FRESNO AND MADERA POVERTY.

LINDSAY CALLAHAN

PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Lindsay Callahan was raised in the Fresno area and attended Clovis schools before receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from UC Davis and her Master’s Degree of Public Policy and Administration from Sacramento State. Her time in the Sacramento included a stint in the California State Assembly, including serving as a prestigious  Jesse Marvin Unruh Fellow. Lindsay spent several years at the Foundation Consortium for California’s Children and Youth, managing a state level public private partnership between the foundations and the California Department of Education.

After returning to Fresno in 2004, she started a successful local intermediary organization called the Central Valley Afterschool Foundation that continues to thrive today. Most recently, Lindsay was a consultant for the Fresno County Office of Education in the Visual and Performing Arts Department.

A passionate advocate for children, youth, and families, Lindsay commits her spare time to promoting the Fresno community. She is the immediate past president of the Junior League of Fresno and also sits on the board of directors for several local organizations. She was recently awarded the Adult Volunteer of the Year award from HandsOn Central California and was named on of Fresno’s 40 under 40.

Lindsay’s three children Patrick (11), Keith (9) and Lauren (5) are the joy of her life and she works tirelessly to embarrass them with her singing and dancing skills and silly jokes.

MESSAGE FROM
LINDSAY CALLAHAN

Lindsay Callahan
President and Chief Executive Officer
United Way Fresno and Madera Counties

“At United Way Fresno and Madera Counties, we have gone through significant changes over the past few years. We are evolving into an organization that is helping working families thrive and shifting the trajectory of our community to make lasting change.

As we grow and expand the reach of our 24/7/365 day 2-1-1 helpline into Madera County, we are taking on difficult issues like human trafficking, veterans assistance and unemployment because as our community changes, so does its needs. Our support of long-standing projects like VITA and 2-1-1 will be enhanced as we tackle new issues. We are poised to be bold and innovative so our community is better served.

You see the words LIVE UNITED on everything we do because without all of us… you, me, businesses, community partners, volunteers, advocates, all of us working together, nothing gets accomplished. We are not in the business of helping the needy, we are in the business of changing people’s lives so they can help themselves.

If you really want to live in a better place where children graduate school, get good jobs and raise families in a safe environment,
we need your financial support because changing the world is not easy or cheap but the old adage still rings true to this day, “You get what you pay for.”