The United Way of San Diego County on Thursday named Rabbi Laurie Coskey, a longtime community leader, as its president and CEO.

For the past 15 years, Coskey has been executive director of the Interfaith Center for Worker Justice, a San Diego nonprofit that works on behalf of low-income families.

Rabbi Laurie Coskey. Courtesy San Diego Convention Center

“Our search committee conducted an extensive nationwide search to find the best candidate to serve the community,” said Jacqueline Parks, who chairs the local United Way’s Board of Directors.

“Laurie wrote her doctoral dissertation on United Way, and has a firm understanding of our role in the community and strategic vision,” Parks said. “She will be the leader we need as we unite the community, helping every child to thrive.”

Coskey has also served on the board of the San Diego Convention Center Corp.

“I look forward to working collaboratively with United Way’s board, staff and partners in fulfilling its transformative vision and mission,” Coskey said. “I have always followed the progress of United Way and admired its role as one of the preeminent organizations supporting the well-being of local families and children.”

She also chairs the San Diego Community College District’s Trustee Advisory Council and champions local progressive political causes.

– City News Service

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.