Suzette Hunte Joins United Way of New York City as Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives


Suzette Hunte 
Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives 
United Way of New York City 

NEW YORK, NY– United Way of New York City (UWNYC), the nonprofit organization that has been a trusted partner to government, corporations, foundations and community-based organizations serving low-income New Yorkers for nearly 80 years, today announced the appointment of Suzette Hunte, MBA, as Senior Vice President (SVP), Strategic Initiatives. Reporting to Sheena Wright, President & Chief Executive Officer, and as a member of the Executive Leadership Team, Hunte will serve as a strategic thought partner to the President and play a critical role in the design, coordination and implementation of the President’s initiatives, both internally and externally, at UWNYC. 

A seasoned strategic management expert and technical assistance provider with over 12 years of experience in the nonprofit and community economic development sectors, Hunte will be essential to furthering UWNYC’s success in the design and implementation of complex, multi-partner and collective impact initiatives. Along with developing synergy across internal UWNYC teams, Hunte will maintain and expand opportunities for strategic partners from the corporate, foundation, nonprofit, and government sectors to make high-impact and mutually beneficial contributions to UWNYC’s strategic plan and work. 

Hunte’s appointment furthers UWNYC’s expansion of its bold goal that defines its work for the next decade: To help 50,000 New Yorkers in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty make meaningful and measurable progress toward the pivotal milestone of self-sufficiency by 2025. UWNYC will leverage the successes of its programs to ultimately achieve citywide policy and system changes to reach all low-income New Yorkers. 

“As an accomplished leader and longtime advisor to United Way of New York City, Suzette is uniquely qualified to fill this critical role. I am thrilled to welcome her to our team,” said Sheena Wright, President & CEO of UWNYC. “Suzette’s varied expertise in strategic management consulting, social impact program design and development make her an invaluable member to UWNYC and the ideal thought partner to drive our work forward.” 

Prior to joining the UWNYC Executive Leadership Team, Suzette served as a consulting Senior Advisor to the President, where she made significant contributions to the development of UWNYC initiatives, including the innovative ReadNYC program targeting grade-level reading. In 1997, Hunte founded Hunte Consulting, a non-and-for-profit management and community-based projects consulting firm, and served as the Director, Strategic Initiatives with the Abyssinian Development Corporation and the Program Manager, Strategic Initiatives/Special Projects at Seedco. Hunte is a graduate of Columbia Business School. 

“I have long admired the efforts that United Way of New York City pioneers to make our City equitable for all who live here,” said Suzette Hunte, SVP, Strategic Initiatives at UWNYC. “It is a privilege to be in a position to help shape and advance a body of work that I care so deeply about while being part of an organization whose values align with my own. I look forward to applying my abilities to help forward and amplify UWNYC’s mission.”
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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