Along with a name change and clarity around our mission, vision, and impact areas, came new leadership at the United Way of Greater Charlottesville. After 3 highly-successful years as Board Chair, Mike Chinn stepped down and we’re thrilled that Juandiego Wade has been appointed as his successor. Juan brings a wealth of local knowledge, deep and diverse relationships, and over two decades of experience with the United Way.
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Juan is an active and beloved figure in the Charlottesville community. He serves as the Career Center Coordinator with Albemarle County Department of Social Services and has mentored many youth in the Charlottesville community over the past 30 years. He has served on the Charlottesville School Board since election in 2006 including stints as Chair and Vice Chair of the Board. He is also the past President of the Virginia School Boards Association. Wade holds 10 other local board connections including City Schoolyard Garden, 100 Black Men of Central Virginia, JAUNT, and CNE. He has won numerous awards for his community efforts and was most recently awarded the Charlottesville Chamber of Commerce Paul Goodloe McIntire Citizenship Award in 2019.
Many of you know Juan, or so you think. We had the opportunity to sit down with our new board chair and it turns out there are a few things that even we didn’t know about Juan.