Tony Penn

A nationwide search will be conducted in the coming months by the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona after president and CEO Tony Penn announced his retirement, effective June 2020.

Penn served as CEO since 2010, and will continue to oversee the organization’s operations until his retirement. The local United Way is the second largest in Arizona, investing approximately $15 million in the community annually, with an estimated yearly economic impact of $50 million. Penn leads a staff of 65, supported by more than 12,000 donors, 4,500 volunteers and 400 business partners who assist dozens of nonprofit partner agencies and organizations each year.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, we congratulate Tony on his upcoming retirement, as well as on his accomplishments during his time at United Way,” said Edmund Marquez, chairman of the board of directors for United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona. “Under Tony’s leadership, our United Way has been recognized as the preeminent organization to create collective impact strategies and bring businesses, individuals, non-profits, faith-based leaders and educators to the same table to fight for kids, families and seniors in our community.”

Marquez will appoint a special committee to oversee the national search. Potential committee members could include long-term board volunteers, partner agency representatives, a labor representative and individuals with human resources and legal expertise. They will engage a national executive search firm to conduct the search.

Prior to his tenure at United Way, Penn served as chief development officer and vice president at the YMCA of Greater San Antonio, Texas.

“My work with our United Way has been the most rewarding part of my career,” Penn said. “Thanks to our dedicated staff and thousands of investors, corporate partners, other non-profits and volunteers, we’ve made incredible progress in making a difference for hundreds of thousands of Southern Arizonans. I look forward to ensuring that the next leader of this exceptional organization is in place and prepared to lead our United Way toward creating an even greater positive impact for the region.”