United Way of Greater Houston hires new chief fundraiser

Angel Harris is the United Way of Greater Houston's new vice president and chief advancement officer. (Courtesy United Way of Greater Houston)
Angel Harris is the United Way of Greater Houston's new vice president and chief advancement officer. (Courtesy United Way of Greater Houston)

Angel Harris is the United Way of Greater Houston's new vice president and chief advancement officer. (Courtesy United Way of Greater Houston)

After a national search, a 20-year nonprofit veteran is taking the reins of the United Way of Greater Houston's fundraising efforts, the nonprofit has announced.

Angel Harris will be United Way's vice president and chief advancement officer. In that position, she will oversee fundraising, branding and communications as the group prepares to enter its 100th year of service in the region in 2022 and undertake its "Second Century Vision," which is focused on key vulnerable populations.

“We are excited to welcome Angel Harris to our United Way executive team and look forward to calling upon her caring leadership, strong fundraising track record and innovative thinking at this important time for our community and our organization,” said Amanda McMillian, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Houston, in a Dec. 17 news release.

Harris leaves a position as executive director of Dress for Success in Columbus, Ohio, where she presided over a 26% increase in the organization’s revenue, according to the news release. Prior to that role, Harris had a 17-year career with the United Way of Central Ohio, during which time she rose to the position of senior vice president and chief development officer.

“I am eager to join United Way of Greater Houston, a powerhouse in the greater Houston community that is uniquely positioned to lead a bold Second Century Vision,” said Harris. “Together, we have an opportunity to remove barriers and create generational change for all Houstonians.”


This is the second high-profile leadership role the nonprofit has filled in 2020. In May, McMillan succeeded former CEO Anna Babin, who led the organization for 14 years.
By Matt Dulin
Matt joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2018 and is the City Editor for Houston's Inner Loop editions.


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