Executive Committee Leadership:

Chris Hardy — Chair
Jacquie Mazick — Vice Chair
Dariel Blanco — Engagement Chair
Jackie Young — Fundraising Chair
Win Gandy — Professional Development Chair

Executive Committee Members:

Chris Caccia
Lorie Chavez
Sid Plakkot

Executive Committee Information:

United Way’s Young Leaders Circle is an affinity group for young Rhode Islanders who share a passion for philanthropy. Our goal is to familiarize young professionals with United Way’s work and develop the next generation of community leaders.

The Executive Committee consists of members who serve in leadership roles. The leadership team consists of a Chair, Vice-Chair, and three subcommittee chairs. The Chair and Vice-Chair oversee YLC’s general direction and strategy, offer feedback to subcommittee chairs, and meet with members to plan and execute activities.


Each subcommittee consists of 12 YLC members.

Engagement Committee:

Engage members in United Way’s work. Members work with UWRI staff on organizational volunteer and advocacy efforts. This subcommittee manages the buddy list, personally welcoming new members at meetings and our annual State of the Circle event.

Fundraising Committee:

This committee oversees two fundraising events with a strong emphasis on securing sponsorships and ticket sales. Committee members will learn how to draft sponsorship packets, develop crowdfunding strategies, and participate in event planning.

Professional Development Committee:

Offers members opportunities to develop their leadership skills and networks. The primary focus of this subcommittee is to oversee Learn with Leaders, an event where influential community leaders are invited to speak about relevant topics.

Committee Expectations:
  • Serve a one-year term.
  • Attend monthly Executive Committee meetings.
  • Join at least one subcommittee.
  • Promote YLC to your own networks and encourage others to join and attend events.
  • Actively contribute to YLC activities.
 Committee Benefits:
  • Influence the strategy and direction of YLC.
  • Develop leadership skills and expand your professional network.
  • Impact the community through philanthropy and volunteerism.
  • Receive select invitations and opportunities with UWRI.

YLC members are encouraged to join a subcommittee. Please e-mail youngleaders@uwri.org with any questions.