Living United

By Herman Gray

December 14, 2017

A fond farewell from our CEO Herman Gray

Dr. Gray and staff

Nearly three years ago, I began an incredible journey as president and CEO of United Way for Southeastern Michigan. We’ve been able to address social complexities facing individuals and families in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties thanks to support from foundations, corporate and individual donors, agency partners and staff.

As many may know, prior to joining United Way I spent my entire career focused on the needs of children and families as a pediatrician, business administrator and executive officer of a health system. Representatives from Wayne State University School of Medicine approached me with the opportunity to serve as chairman of their Department of Pediatrics. After many weeks of thoughtful consideration, as well as conversations with university leaders and my family, I accepted the offer.

In January, I will transition from United Way into this new role and continue making a difference in the lives of children, while remaining steadfast in my commitment to strengthen our community. I will always Live United.

The United Way Board has begun implementing the organization’s CEO Succession Plan to fill my position and ensure continuity of the work and its impact to the communities we serve. Tanya Heidelberg-Yopp will serve as interim CEO. Tonya Allen — United Way board member and President and CEO of the Skillman Foundation — will chair a CEO search committee. I have great confidence in my United Way family. They will continue to work every day to build healthy communities. Communities where everyone has access to a quality education and good jobs. We will get there with the help of our supporters. I encourage each and every one reading this to find ways to give, advocate and volunteer. We can only make progress by working together.

I have been honored to lead at United Way for Southeastern Michigan. Thank you for putting your trust in me.

In gratitude,
Herman B. Gray, MD, MBA