The United Way of Greater Rochester has named Fran Weisberg as its new president and CEO, according to officials. She is the first female president in the history of the organization.
Officials said a 14-member search committee selected Weisberg after conducting a national search, in order to replace retiring president and CEO Peter Carpino.
Weisberg will assume her new role on May 1, and Carpino, who served as United Way president for a decade, will remain with the organization through June 30 to support the transition.
“I am thrilled to join the United Way, and am ready to hit the ground running on the incredible initiatives we have ahead of us that can make a collective impact,” Weisberg stated. “I look forward to working with the board, staff, volunteers and community as a whole to build upon the many strengths of our United Way, and lead it forward into a vibrant and innovative future.”
Weisberg brings more than 30 years of experience in human services, community advocacy, nonprofit administration and fundraising to the position. Previously, she served as executive director of Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency (FLHSA), and as president of Lifespan of Greater Rochester.
“Fran has spent her career influencing our community, and making a difference,” said Colleen Wegman, United Way board chair and president of Wegmans. “For many years, she has personally contributed her time, and financial support, to United Way and has already been helping us lead the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative, on which she will continue to play a leadership role.”
Wegman said Weisberg is also a longtime Rochester resident, and graduate of the University of Rochester.
In addition, Weisberg has served as a member on the United Way of New York State board, and is founding co-chair of the United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council.
According to officials, Weisberg will take the reins as the organization wraps up its 2015 annual campaign, begins a third Blueprint for Change funding cycle, and helps lead the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative.
She will also continue to engage more donors in the organization’s work for the community, officials said.