Our Leadership Team

Karen Young, President & Chief Executive Officer

Karen Young

President & Chief Executive Officer

Karen Young (she/her) is President and CEO of United Way of Calgary and Area (UWCA), a visionary leader who knows the power of partnership and collaboration to achieve a common purpose. Karen joined UWCA as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2014, before becoming President and Chief Executive Officer in 2017. Under her leadership, UWCA has raised more than $485 million for the local Calgary community, delivering a profound impact to people in all walks of life.

Prior to joining United Way, Karen worked with The City of Calgary for over 20 years as an award-winning leader. As director of Community and Neighbourhood Services, she was instrumental in securing $480 M to build four new recreation facilities in Calgary and led the Emergency Social Services efforts during the historic 2013 Alberta Floods. Karen worked closely with United Way over the years on many projects, including the Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiative, Calgary AfterSchool, and the Calgary Local Immigration Partnership.

She has served on Calgary community boards and committees, including the Calgary Homeless Foundation. Currently a Chapter Executive for the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) – Calgary and a member of the Leadership Group for The City of Calgary’s Mental Health and Addiction Strategy. In 2020, Karen was awarded the inaugural Calgary Influential Women in Business Award in the Social Enterprise category.

She earned a master’s certificate in Municipal Leadership from York University, and holds a Bachelor of General Studies in Leisure, Recreation, and Tourism from the University of Calgary.

A catalyst for social change who has been building momentum in communities for most of her career, Karen is driven by her belief that all Calgarians have the right to a good quality of life.

Rhonda Roth, Chief Impact Officer

Rhonda Roth

Chief Impact Officer

Rhonda Roth (she/her) is the Chief Impact Officer at United Way of Calgary and Area (UWCA). A collaborative and strategic leader, Rhonda catalyzes community change and builds awareness and support of UWCA to improve local lives. As Chief Impact Officer, Rhonda leads the organization’s Community Impact and Partnership, Marketing and Communications, and Resource Development teams to drive sustainable solutions for complex social issues.

Rhonda has a track record of motivating high-performing teams and more than two decades of leadership experience in the not-for-profit sector, with specialization in health care and the social sector. Rhonda believes that everyone can make a difference and is passionate about creating a community where everyone thrives.

Geoff Couldrey, Chief Transformation Officer

Geoff Couldrey

Chief Transformation Officer

Geoff is the Chief Transformation Officer for United Way of Calgary and Area (UWCA). He has a strong background in transformation, innovation and technology, and large-scale social impact initiatives in the mental health and child and youth spaces.

Geoff has held a number of leadership positions in the for-profit and non-profit worlds, including Chief Operating Officer for Classroom Champions (USA/Canada), Chief Operating Officer at Immigrant Services Calgary, and Executive Vice President for The Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Geoff is leading a team at UWCA responsible for our largest signature initiative to date, Planet Youth, a five-year pilot to demonstrate the efficacy of the Icelandic Prevention Model (IPM) in addressing key issues for youth including mental health and wellbeing and substance misuse.

As part of the Transformation portfolio, Geoff is also leading innovation work of the Social Impact Lab and the Social Impact Lab Alberta project and is responsible for technology and the modernization of our digital infrastructure.

United Way of Calgary and AreaOur Team