United Way Names New CEO and She’s a Columbia Law Grad

By ANJALI ATHAVALEY

The United Way of New York City is expected to name the leader of a Harlem economic-development group founded by the Rev. Calvin Butts as its first female president and chief executive.

Sheena Wright, president and CEO of Abyssinian Development Corp., will take the reins at the United Way in November, officials said. The appointment was set to be announced Thursday.

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Sheena Wright in October 2011.

With a $62 million budget, the New York chapter of the national charity focuses on income inequality, education and health care and assists more than a million people a year, working with other nonprofits in New York on programs that range from mentoring chronically absent high-school students to connecting food pantries with farms.

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