United Way Names Chief Executive

May 23, 2017



Salem, Ore. - United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley Board of Directors has selected Ron Hays as the new Chief Executive Officer. Hays, a Marion County resident, has an extensive background in non-profit management, strategic planning, and community outreach.  
Hays will lead United Way’s efforts to build a stronger community through critical programs that focus on supporting families to attain financial stability, gain access to quality health care and basic needs, and have the knowledge and skills to support their children so they are successful in school.
A native Oregonian, Hays resides with his wife in the Mt. Angel-Scotts Mills area. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Oregon University and an Executive Masters’ degree in Business Administration from George Fox University. He has served as an adjunct professor in the George Fox University MBA Program, and is currently an adjunct instructor in the MBA program at Willamette University’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management. Hays most recently served as President of the Department of Mission Advancement (DMA), a subsidiary of the Mt. West Investment Corporation. In this role, he provided assistance to the company’s philanthropic outreach and supported local nonprofits with technical assistance and consulting in nonprofit leadership. Prior to his role at Mt. West Investment Corporation, Hays served as President of Marion-Polk Food Share for over seven years.

United Way Board President Ken Jundt said the organization wanted to find a proven leader who could build upon the successes and programs already in place. “We believe Ron Hays has the experience and skills necessary to lead United Way, work effectively with community partners and supporters, drive measurable impact, and build strategies to ensure the success of United Way into the future.”
“I am looking forward to serving the community in which I live,” said Hays.  “I am truly honored to have been selected to be a part of a very talented team of staff and volunteers at United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley. I look forward to applying the community engagement, fundraising, and non-profit leadership skills I’ve gained to improve the lives of families in Marion, Polk and Yamhill Counties.”


United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley was established in 1937 and remains committed to supporting Marion, Polk and Yamhill communities by addressing community-wide issues and barriers so that children, youth, and adults can reach their full potential. United Way improves lives by focusing on the building blocks of a good life: Education, Financial Stability, Health and Basic