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Fran Weisberg to step down from leading the United Way later this year

Jun 29, 2017

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The United Way of Greater Rochester will need to look for a new president and CEO. Fran Weisberg, who came on board in April of 2015, says she will leave at the end of this year.

Weisberg says it’s a decision she has mixed emotions about, but she wants to devote more time to her family.  

The United Way now houses the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative, and Weisberg believes this area is on the right path to improving the extreme levels of poverty that exist in parts of the region.

“Just the fact that everybody in Rochester is really saying we must do something about this and we’re going to try to decrease poverty by 50 percent in 15 years; and I’m very honored that United Way and me personally have been a part of helping to make this happen, I believe there’s a true commitment in this community to really address poverty," Weisberg told WXXI News.

The United Way Board of Directors will begin the search for the next leader of the organization in July.

Weisberg says she will stay involved in the Rochester community after she leaves the top job at the United Way.  

“I will stay very involved, I’m not leaving Rochester. If I am wanted I am honored to help next year with United Way’s 100th anniversary and other initiatives in this community. I will just go back to the consulting work, helping this community, and I’m very honored to help ."  

Before joining the United Way, Weisberg also led the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency, Lifespan, and some years ago was chair of the Monroe County Democratic Party.