Brunny joins the United Way of Pierce County


United Way of Pierce County is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Jarrett Brunny as Vice President of Community Impact. Brunny is a new Pierce County resident who joined the team in December.

As Vice President of Community Impact, Brunny will play a pivotal role in helping the organization bring people together to break the cycle of poverty with a coalition of advocacy and social service partners, including the Center for Strong Families. , South Sound 211, Growing Resilience in Tacoma (GRIT) and a vast network of public and private partners serving a common goal.

Brunny brings a wide variety of skills and in-depth knowledge to the role, including over 20 years as a United Way volunteer across the country, leadership experience in nonprofit organizations, and 12 years of professional IT accomplishments. public health, program development and evaluation.

“The Vice President of Community Impact is a vital member of our team,” said Dona Ponepinto, President and CEO. “He will be a tremendous asset to Centraide and our community as we continue to engage, bring together and mobilize resources to lift 15,000 families out of poverty by 2028.”

Brunny is responsible for leading the Impact Team and managing community stakeholders dedicated to promoting equity and co-creating pathways out of poverty directly with residents of Pierce County, many of whom have faced a historic and systematic deprivation of the right to vote that continues today.

Prior to joining United Way of Pierce County, Brunny led neighborhood-level collective impact efforts with United for Children at United Way of South Hampton Roads in Norfolk, Virginia, focusing on educational equity and mobility. economic.

Brunny received his doctorate in public health from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in public health from the University of South Florida. While there, Brunny received research and practice awards for the prevention of lead poisoning in children in medically underserved areas, suicide prevention, and family care for chronic illnesses and disabilities. He is a frequent consultant to the Office of Minority Health (OMH) and the Office of Adolescent Health (OASH) of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

“United Way of Pierce County is committed to advancing anti-poverty initiatives in our county,” said Brunny, “I am fortunate to join a team of professionals who are dedicated to science, art and the relationships that make our vision a reality and help uplift so many people each year. “


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