Welcome Jane McKenna, Chief Development Officer


Albany, NY - Jane McKenna joined United Way of the Greater Capital Region (UWGCR) as Chief Development Officer.  McKenna will oversee United Way’s resource development activities including fundraising strategy, workplace campaigns, affinity groups and events.  
McKenna comes to UWGCR after six years in the real estate sector, and brings 20 years’ experience achieving aggressive growth targets, communicating value propositions, and creating buzz and momentum. 
“Jane is an outstanding addition to our resource development team,” said UWGCR President & CEO Peter Gannon. “Her experience in growth strategy and dynamic leadership skills will help us expand our goals and strengthen our relationships in the community.” 
United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community.  www.unitedwaygcr.org
Helping others achieve their goals, both internal and external, has been Jane’s unintentional career path and a path that has morphed into a passion. She has been very fortunate to be part of growth strategies for large and small companies, both internationally and domestically.   
After graduating from Emma Willard, she ventured to Chicago, graduating from Lake Forest College in the Spring of 2001, where she started at Brunswick Corporation. She had been accepted into their highly sought financial leadership and development program modelled after GE’s, as the Sr Leadership at the time had just come from GE.  Unbeknownst what September 2001 would bring, she reluctantly spent that summer grinding it out in Corporate Treasury and completing her CPA.  All while complaining that she was missing out on a summer of rooftop Cubs games and Chicago Summer Festivals.  Her efforts that summer paid themselves forward in the post 9/11 difficult regulatory era, affording her the experience to spend the next 7 years in Brussels, Australia and Hong Kong process re-engineering, learning from Sr Leadership and understanding how to grow when environmental factors presented hurdles and roadblocks.  From that experience, she has had great roles and successes with the same underlying objective of achieving aggressive growth targets, helping to communicate value propositions and creating buzz and momentum.   
Today she lives in Saratoga and is the mom of two amazing 7-year-old twins, Kate and Luke. 
As the Chief Development Officer for United Way of the Greater Capital District, she is excited to leverage all of the learnings from her past 20 years to help the team, the Sr Leadership and Board to continue the great work and find new ways achieve the goals, sustainability and appreciation from the community.