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United Way of Central NM names new boss

Rodney Prunty has been named as the new president and chief executive officer of United Way of Central New Mexico. He will start in mid-June. (Courtesy of UWCNM)

Rodney Prunty has been named as the new president and chief executive officer of United Way of Central New Mexico. He will start in mid-June. (Courtesy of UWCNM)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Rodney Prunty has been named the new president and chief executive officer of United Way of Central New Mexico, the organization’s board of directors has announced.

Prunty has been president and CEO of United Way of Racine County, Wis., for the last six years. He will assume his new position in Albuquerque on June 12, replacing Ed Rivera, who retired at the end of March.

Randy Woodcock, United Way’s vice president and chief development officer, will continue serving as interim president and CEO until Prunty arrives.

A statement from UWCNM said Prunty will continue developing the nonprofit’s major programs, including Mission: Graduate and Mission: Families, both of which provide families with support so they can pursue education and build stability in their lives.

“We are excited about Rodney’s ability to effectively lead the organization to address community challenges,” said Ryan Shell, chairman of the UWCNM board of directors. He added that “Rodney has a record of success in leadership, partnership building and fundraising, and is passionate about working with others to improve our communities.”

Prunty has more than 30 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector, including 12 in the United Way network where he was responsible for developing and implementing fundraising strategies and donor cultivation for the annual campaign.

Prunty said he and his family vacationed in New Mexico a few years ago “and fell in love with the area.”

“I’m thrilled and excited to have the opportunity to join this beautiful community and work with such a strong Board of Directors, volunteers and UWCNM team dedicated to creating sustainable change in Central New Mexico,” he said. “I can’t wait to get started.”

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