September 23, 2023
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United Way of Ventura County CEO to step down


Eric Harrison

Eric Harrison will leave his role as CEO and president of the United Way of Ventura County next year, after accepting the top job with the same nonprofit in Connecticut.

Harrison will continue his current position through mid-February, the United Way of Ventura County said in Dec. 21 a news release. The organization said its board of directors is “in the process of taking the next steps to find a successor.”

Harrison, who joined United Way of Ventura County in December 2014, told the nonprofit’s board recently of his decision to resign from his post to accept the CEO position with United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut.

“I’m tremendously proud of everything that this organization has accomplished during the past seven years,” Harrison said in a statement.

During his time with United Way of Ventura County, the organization launched and revitalized several community initiatives, including the Building Healthy Smiles program, which has helped 3,000 children receive oral health assessments; the Thomas Fire and Flood Fund, which provided help to more than 1,800 households impacted by natural disasters; and the Landlord Engagement program for individuals, families, seniors and veterans experiencing homelessness.

“We’ve assembled a strong leadership team that is passionate about making a difference in the lives of our neighbors in Ventura County,” Harrison said. “I’m confident that the organization is in good hands and will continue its transformational work.”

Since 1945, the United Way has helped Ventura County residents receive health and human services by providing support to worthy causes and organizations. The nonprofit organization had around $2.7 million in revenue in the 2019-20 fiscal year.