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FSBDC Nonprofit Conference Keynote: Michelle Braun, President and CEO of United Way


We are honored to have Michelle Braun, CEO of the United Way of Northeast Florida give the keynote address at the FSBDC Nonprofit Conference September 16th. Michelle will talk about nonprofit sustainability among other topics. In an environmental context, “sustainability” generally means finding a way to use resources in a manner that prevents their depletion. For charitable nonprofits, the phrase “sustainability” is commonly used to describe a nonprofit that is able to sustain itself over the long term, perpetuating its ability to fulfill its mission.

Michelle Braun is president and CEO of United Way of Northeast FloridaUnited Way’s goal is to mobilize people and resources to make lasting change in the areas of education, income and health.  United Way serves a five-county area of Northeast Florida and one in three people in the region.

Michelle has been very involved with United Way in many capacities prior to becoming president, including serving as a member of the board of directors, community chair for United Way’s RealSense initiative and as the vice president of Resource Development where she led a record-setting campaign of $17.2 million. 

Michelle returned to United Way after spending more than a decade in the corporate world.  Having served as  the Florida community development manager for Wells Fargo, she was responsible for coordinating the bank’s resources and partners to ensure the bank served all of Florida’s diverse communities – especially low- and moderate-income individuals and families.  She was previously Wachovia’s community relations executive for Florida before the merger with Wells Fargo.

Prior to her career at Wachovia, Braun worked for Bank of America as director of the Florida Foundation and as community development manager.  She has also served in leadership positions at nonprofit agencies across the country. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business and philosophy from The University of Notre Dame and earned a master’s degree in nonprofit management from The Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

Michelle is passionate about serving the community. She serves on the board of directors for the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, the Early Learning Coalition of Duval, the Jacksonville Children’s Commission and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC).  She is a member of United Way Worldwide’s National Professional Council and recently served as chair of the JCCI mental health inquiry.

Michelle is married to Paul, her artist husband, and they have two children Quinn, 12, and Shea, 10.
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