Crain’s New York Business has named Sheena Wright ’86 one of the most powerful women of 2017. Sheena is the President and CEO of United Way of New York City, a nonprofit that partners with other organizations to identify community challenges, create solutions to problems of education, income, and health care, and to drive policy change.
“Since becoming the first female head of United Way of New York City on the day Superstorm Sandy hit in 2012, Sheena Wright has been working to revitalize the 79-year-old nonprofit,” said Crain’s New York Business. “After teaming up with United Way Worldwide to quickly raise $11 million to help storm victims recover, she pushed the organization beyond its traditional role as a ‘community chest’ to become an organization that helps struggling New Yorkers become self sufficient.”
Her work at United Way of New York City has included the successful initiative ReadNYC, which seeks to improve literacy of children in poor neighborhoods. “More than half of the 316 children who received one-on-one tutoring through the program in the 2014–2015 school year improved their reading by a full grade level,” said Crain’s.