United Way Emerald Coast has named Kelly Jasen as CEO, succeeding Rick Owen who became President of United Way of Florida in September. She began work in her new position November 1 becoming the first woman to lead the 62-year old nonprofit organization.
“We are delighted to welcome Kelly to our Emerald Coast United Way team,” said Dr. Alexis Tibbetts, UWEC Board Chair and Principal of South Walton High School. “She has a proven record of excellence with United Way and comes to us with enthusiasm and excitement. We look forward to her presence in our community and the impact she will have on our agencies and Board.”
Jasen has nearly 10 years’ experience in the nonprofit sector. Prior to this role, she served for three years as United Way of West Florida’s Director of Development in Pensacola, FL. In that position, she was able to create, manage, and implement a year-round program to enhance relations among donors and campaign volunteers. Jasen oversaw most areas of fund development and established creative strategies and plans for achieving financial goals.
Jasen holds a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from University of Central Florida in Orlando. In 2018 Jasen was recognized as a Rising Star by Inweekly Magazine and was a 2019 Philanthropic Woman of the Year Nominee by Junior League of Pensacola. She is a graduate of Leadership Pensacola and has been recognized for her volunteerism with the Silver Level President’s Volunteer Service Award.
“I am excited about the opportunity to work with staff and volunteers to continue the momentum as we start the next chapter of the organization’s history,” Jasen said. “I strongly believe in United Way’s mission, vision, and values and I cannot wait to share my passion and enthusiasm with Okaloosa and Walton counties. I am extremely honored to be chosen to lead the organization and look forward to bringing best practices to our work as we deepen our relationships with other non-profit organizations, business partners, and the amazing people who call this area home.”
United Way Emerald Coast is a local, volunteer-governed organization that works with hundreds of partners to fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in Okaloosa and Walton counties. To drive positive change, United Way Emerald Coast evaluates our community’s diverse needs, mobilizes the caring power of the community and directs resources to the areas that will have the most positive impact in our community.