United Way Miami Names Symeria T. Hudson President and Chief Executive Officer

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United Way Miami Names Symeria T. Hudson President and Chief Executive Officer

MIAMI – June 24, 2022 – United Way Miami announced today that Symeria T. Hudson has been named president and chief executive officer.

In her new role, Hudson will lead the organization to its next phase of growth and evolution as it supports three pillars that lead to better lives: early childhood education, financial stability and health. She starts in her new role on August 5, 2022.

“We are thrilled to welcome Symeria to the United Way family,” said Robert Sanchez, United Way Miami’s Board Chair. “This was a thorough and inclusive search. We engaged United Way Miami’s volunteers, community partners and staff to identify the characteristics of the leader needed to take the organization into the future.

“Symeria’s unique and diverse experience, leadership skills and vision make her the perfect person to step into this role.”

Hudson added, “I’m excited to get started. The staff, volunteers and leadership are amazing at United Way Miami. The mission of United Way Miami is more important than ever as our community continues to evolve. We will collaborate with our partners and work together to improve the lives of our fellow citizens.”

Hudson is a seasoned executive who has both local and international non-profit and corporate experience. During her career she has led large-scale franchises and product portfolios. More recently she served as the president and chief executive officer of Chapman Partnership, a $70 million nonprofit that provides comprehensive services to empower the homeless to self-sufficiency. Under Hudson’s leadership, Chapman Partnership has been regarded as an innovative provider, particularly through its education and personal development programs, and has served as a national model for best practices.

Before moving to Miami, Hudson spent two decades in the healthcare and medical technology industries, driving the portfolios and strategic marketing efforts of billion-dollar corporations in the U.S. and Europe. Before this, she spent 10 years with consumer goods, financial services and insurance brokerage firms with a focus on strategy, marketing and finance.

Hudson has supported her community by serving on several volunteer boards, including the Kohl Children’s Museum, Baxter Healthcare Foundation and Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Miami Dade County. She was named to Lifestyle Magazine’s 50 Most Influential Black Leaders of South Florida list in 2020.

Hudson holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Alabama A&M University School of Business.

Koya Partners | Diversified Search Group led a national search on behalf of the CEO search committee of the board of directors of United Way Miami. Carmen Sabater and Robert Sanchez chaired the committee.

Sanchez added, “Special thanks to our interim president and CEO Joe Zubizarreta. His leadership played a big role in energizing the organization and keeping our momentum during the last seven months. We are grateful for his extraordinary commitment to the success of our organization both in his current role and in his years as a board member.”