United Way leader exits with 'ambivalence'


The board of United Way of Walla Walla County has announced the resignation of Executive Director Liz McDevitt, one she tendered with “marked ambivalence,” she said in a letter to board members.

“It has been my great privilege, pleasure and passion to serve in this capacity for the last 12 years.”

McDevitt will leave her position at the end of April according to a news release from the organization. A nationwide search for a new leader will commence immediately.

During McDevitt’s tenure, nearly $6 million was raised “to invest in the community’s greatest needs,” the release said.

“The board is very appreciative of all of the many contributions Liz has made over these past (12) years,” said Gordon Wicher, board chairman. McDevitt’s efforts, along with those of the community, have allowed Walla Walla’s United Way to fund efforts that strengthen children, families and adults, promote self-sufficiency, build healthy communities and meet basic human needs, he added.

McDevitt told the Union-Bulletin in an email she is looking at other opportunities to remain involved in the community.


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