Mary Ann Luna
Vice President for Community Alliances at the United Way of Westchester and Putnam. Holds a B.S. from Syracuse University and an MBA in International Business and Marketing from Pace University. Worked for Pepsi Cola International, before joining the United Way. Became a Certified Information and Referral Specialist (CIRS) from the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS), the international organization that sets the standards for I & R services. Served as the NYAIRS (New York affiliate) secretary of the board and communications co-chair for five years.
Lead the Not-For-Profit Management Center for 18 years, a partnership with Pace University with the mission of providing educational opportunities and technical assistance to the nonprofit community. Co-funded several non-profit efforts like the Westchester Not-for-Profit Technology Council, providing technology support and connecting technology savvy volunteers to nonprofits in need of creating their websites at no cost. Administers the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, a federal program that helps fund community-based organizations providing soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, rent/mortgage and utilities assistance.
Responsible for the Income Area initiatives, a role which started with her leading the planning, development and implementation of two initiatives – Teach Me to Fish…Work Skills for Life ( job skills and job readiness for the most difficult to place population. In addition, Mary Ann directs the Financial Education Program, which provides on-site financial workshops for Westchester and Putnam nonprofits at no cost to them– with the assistance of community volunteers trained in teaching one or more of the eight different financial topics included in the offered curriculum.
United Way surveys the community on what members see as pressing commonly problems as a way to take a periodic pulse of the needs/resource of the community in order to plan for future initiatives. This year, United Way’s ALICE study (Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed) is the community assessment that Mary Ann is involved in engaging different constituencies in participating to make them aware of the findings and also finding the solutions and advocacy voice for them, so that many voices in the community are represented, including Hispanic/ Latinos.