City & State Honors Sheena Wright as One of Manhattan’s Top 50 Community Leaders

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NEW YORK, NY—Sheena Wright, President and CEO, United Way of New York City (UWNYC), has been named one of Manhattan’s top 50 community leaders by City & State. This prestigious recognition is part of City & State’s “Borough Series,” which ranks the top 50 community and business leaders in each of New York City’s five boroughs. The honorees were announced in a special print issue of City & State magazine that was released on Monday, October 3. A celebratory breakfast was held this morning at Capital Grille in New York City for the honorees.


“I am humbled and honored to have been named one of the top 50 community leaders in Manhattan and want to thank City & State for this recognition,” said Sheena Wright. “Congratulations to my fellow honorees, who represent the best of the best in the business, philanthropy, nonprofit, media and political industries. These women and men are doing truly outstanding work for our city and borough. I may be the one accepting the award, but this recognition is shared by the remarkable staff and volunteers that make UWNYC so special. I am so proud of the work we do each and every day to create opportunity for New Yorkers in every corner of our city.”

Other honorees from this year’s Manhattan 50 include: Timothy Dolan, Cardinal of the Archdiocese of New York, Lee Bollinger, President of Columbia University, Tony Marx, President of the New York Public Library, Emily Rafferty, Chairwoman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and President Emerita of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, John Catsimatidis, CEO of the Red Apple Group, Jane Rosenthal, Co-founder of the Tribeca Film Institute, Kenneth Davis, President and CEO of the Mount Sinai Health System, Barry Diller, IAC, Expedia Chairman, Alicia Glen, Deputy Mayor of New York City, Patricia Harris, CEO of Bloomberg Philanthropies, Julie Menin, Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, James Milliken, Chancellor of the City University of New York, Bill Rudin, Chairman of the Association for a Better New York, Marissa Shorenstein, President of AT&T New York, and Rob Speyer, Chairman of the Real Estate Board of New York.

Wright has served as President and CEO of UWNYC since October 2012, becoming the first woman to lead the organization in its nearly 80-year history. UWNYC is a nonprofit, community service organization with a long and rich history of helping people build more self-sufficient lives. As one of the best-known nonprofits, and part of the worldwide United Way brand, UWNYC helps mobilize communities to break down barriers and build opportunities that improve the lives of low-income New Yorkers for the benefit of all. UWNYC partners with, and provides resources to, over 500 nonprofit organizations to address the needs of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers every year.

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About United Way of New York City
United Way of New York City (UWNYC) has been a trusted partner to government, corporations, and community-based organizations for nearly 80 years. Serving low-income New Yorkers, UWNYC’s collective impact approach enables the diagnosis of neighborhood challenges and the design of solutions to expand education, financial stability, and health opportunities. UWNYC then deploys resources and volunteers while also driving policy change that is guided by measured results. UWNYC envisions caring communities where all individuals and families have access to quality education and the opportunity to lead healthy and financially secure lives. Learn more at www.unitedwaynyc.org.