John Dickson Announced as New President and CEO

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Spokane County United Way Announces Hire of New President & CEO

Spokane County United Way Board Chair, Dr. Frank Velazquez, announced that John Dickson will succeed Tim Henkel as the new CEO for Spokane County United Way.

Since 2013 John Dickson served as the COO for Spokane County. In that time John was responsible for working with the county's 50+ departments and helping them improve operational performance. He led the development and implementation of the county's Strategic Objectives / Core Values. John created the county process to request and distribute 2020 Spokane County Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) funds. In 2015 he led the county team that won the MacArthur Foundation Safety and Justice Challenge Grant which focused on reducing racial and ethnic disparities in jails. John stated, "I look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve the people of this community. Collaboration and engagement with many partners is a hallmark of United Way. I saw that from my role at the County and I am excited to step into this role and further the mission of United Way."

The search process was an extensive one led by Paul Read, former United Way Board Chair. The committee reviewed dozens of resumes from local and national candidates. The committee was comprised of current and former United Way Board members along with representatives from the community.

Velazquez shared, "the search committee did an excellent job reviewing and vetting many great candidates. The Board is impressed with the depth of expertise that John will bring to his role with United Way. John is a strong servant leader who has successfully led many organizations through periods of change."

There will be a transition period with Dickson and retiring CEO, Tim Henkel. Dickson will officially begin his duties at United Way on November 22nd.

This announcement of hire succeeds Tim Henkel's retirement notice given back in May of 2021. Henkel began his career as an AmeriCorps VISTA member. This volunteerism framed his life-long service in the nonprofit community.  During Henkel's time in Spokane, he built strong collaborations between the nonprofit and for-profit communities. Henkel has served as President and CEO of Spokane County United Way since 2007.