Rowan County United Way names Salisbury native Jenny Lee as executive director

Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 19, 2018

By Liz Moomey

SALISBURY — Rowan County United Way has selected Jenny Lee of Salisbury as its new executive director, effective Sept. 4.

Lee said she is honored to lead the agency.

“I am an intentional, deliberate individual who will hold this position with integrity and guide the organization for growth and becoming the leading resource for social service agencies in the community,” Lee said. “The strategic efforts to transition to the community impact model position Rowan County United Way to reach our overarching goal, which is to better serve our community through outreach and philanthropic measures.”

Lee, 31, previously was a grant coordinator for the Lucille W. Gotham Intergenerational Community Center at East Carolina University, whose mission includes addressing social barriers to education and employment.

She was also an executive director at Rebuilding Together of Pitt County, a nonprofit agency that focuses on home repairs and revitalization to provide safe homes in the community.

Lee also has served as program manager at the Good Shepherd Center in Wilmington.

Lee graduated from East Rowan High School. She has a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a master’s in social work from East Carolina University, where she was named Outstanding MSW student and received the Lessie L. Bass Community Engagement Award.

She also completed Duke University’s Nonprofit Management Program.

“We’re so glad that Jenny agreed to join our United Way team as our new executive director,” said United Way President Bill Burgin. “She brings leadership experience from her previous nonprofit work. You’ll love, as we do, her high energy and enthusiasm as she continues the good work of Rowan County United Way helping our Rowan County citizens in need.”

Lee lives in Salisbury with her two daughters.

Rowan County United Way partner agencies include Rowan County Literacy Council, The Arc/Rowan, Rowan Vocational Opportunities, Boy Scouts Central NC Council, Communities in Schools of Rowan County, Rowan County YMCA, Rowan County Youth Services Bureau, American Red Cross, Rowan County Rescue Squad, Salvation Army, Trinity Living Center, Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, Families First Inc., Family Crisis Council and Smart Start Rowan.