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About Us

United Way fights for the education, financial stability,
and housing of every person in our community.

501(C)3 Organization

United Way of the Inland Valleys (UWIV) is an independent 501(C)3 organization and is a licensee of United Way Worldwide. 

Serving Our Communities

UWIV is a local non-profit that serves the communities of Beaumont, Banning, Blythe, Cabazon, Calimesa, Canyon Lake, Jurupa, Lake Elsinore, Mira Loma, Moreno Valley, Murrieta, Perris, Riverside, Temecula, and Wildomar.

For Locals, by Locals

UWIV is governed by local volunteers.

Our Team

Lisa Wright, M.Div., CFRE 

President & Chief Executive Officer

Lisa was appointed President and CEO in March 2016. Riverside County has been Lisa’s home for over fourteen years and she is committed to fighting for the education, financial stability and housing of every person in our community.

As a dedicated local resident and advocate, she serves as a Board Member with the United Ways of California, as a member of the United Ways of California Public Policy Committee, as a Commissioner with Community Action Partnership, as the Vice Chair for the City of Moreno Valley Utilities Commission, as a member of the Greater Riverside Chamber Government Affairs Committee, as an Advisory Member of the California Baptist University Jabs School of Business, and as an Advisory Board Member and Treasurer for the Neighborhood Immigration Clinics (California Pacific United Methodist Church).

Prior to joining United Way of the Inland Valleys, Lisa was the Executive Director of Philanthropy for Loma Linda University Health and Vice President of Development for two human service organizations in Southern California. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business / Accounting from the University of Arizona, and a Master’s degree from Claremont School of Theology.

Kimberly Starrs

Chief Development Officer

Kimberly has worked in the United Way system for more than a decade, and brings both development and program experience to her position. Her background is in music; she studied vocal performance at the University of Redlands (Go Bulldogs!) and is working towards her MBA. Kimberly is proud to serve on the board of directors for the Inland Empire Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and as the mentorship chair for the chapter, as well as on the board of directors for the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, and the Economic Development Commission for the City of Beaumont. She was nominated as Professional Fundraiser of the Year in 2018 for the Inland Empire Chapter of AFP. The driving passion behind her work is twofold: her belief that everyone deserves a good life, and her desire to make our world and community a wonderful place for her two young children.


Cordell Thomas, MBA

Chief Impact Officer

Cordell Thomas joined the United Way of the Inland Valley team in January 2017. Prior to joining UWIV, Cordell was the Executive Director for AXIS Foundation, Inc.  Cordell has lived in the Inland Valleys community for 12 years and loves the community and its role in the Southern California economy. Cordell has a Bachelor of Science in Health Psychology via Andrews University and a Masters in Business Administration via the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). Cordell enjoys teaching music labs and providing youth financial literacy information. He looks forward to participating in the initiatives that support community development and economic growth.


Jennifer Corr, CPA


Jennifer Corr joined United Way of Inland Valleys as our Chief Financial Officer in August 2018 but has worked intermittently with us since January 2016. Jennifer’s career comprises 25 years of public and private corporate accounting as well as non-profit and governmental accounting. She most recently has taught accounting at Riverside City College but has held various accounting and finance positions including Director of Internal Audit for The McClatchy Company, a leading media company in 30 U.S. markets. She also served as Vice President of Finance for The Fresno Bee, a subsidiary of McClatchy. Prior to joining McClatchy, she worked as an Audit and Tax Supervisor for a regional CPA firm and Senior Budget Analyst for the County of Charleston. Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in both Business Administration and Accounting and a Master of Science in Accountancy from the College of Charleston. She is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of California and maintains an active membership in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She is active in the community and has held leadership positions in various local non-profits and in her childrens’ school.


Jesenia Antonio

Accounting Assistant

Arin Harrell

Chief of staff


Jacob Koetsier

Sr. Director of Workplace Giving


Siobhan Lopez

Director of events and corporate engagement


Anthony Richardson



Isabel Sanchez

REgional Advocacy Manager



Norma Sanchez

Corporate Relations Specialist, Retail &Manufacturing


Jennifer Thornton

Program Manager


Marcela Zuniga





Board of Directors

The Board of Directors governs United Way of the Inland Valleys and establishes a strategic plan for our operation. The Board meets bi-monthly to set policy and approve funding for agencies as well as monitoring the day to day operations of the organization. 

Jiji Abraham
Regional Chief Financial Officer
Kaiser Permanente

Julianna Adams, MPA
Senior Civil Engineer
Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District

Ellie Bennett
Volunteer & Community Activist

Lisa Brandl, MPA, CPPO
Chief Operating Officer, Executive Office
County of Riverside

Benita Byrd
Director EHS & Security
Abbott Vascular

Evon Cutts
VP/Relationship Manager
Pacific Premier Bank

Jennifer Fuller, CPA
Deputy Director, Human Resources
County of Riverside

Orion Goe
Marketing Manager
The Toro Company

Tiffany Gomez, Board Vice-Chair
Babcock Laboratories, Inc.

David Hahn
Executive Director
Habitat for Humanity San Bernardino

Jeff Lewis
Senior Vice President
US Bank


Rob Lurkins
Murrieta Elementary School

Dr. Martinrex Kedziora
Moreno Valley Unified School District

John Lapke

Robert Masson
Riverside County Sheriff's Association

Johnny Meneses, Executive Committee Member, Community Impact Committee Chair
Regional Manager

Brad D. Neet, Board Chair
CEO/Managing Director
UHS Southwest Healthcare System

Teri Parker, CFP
VP Financial Advisor

CJ Smith, MPA
Project Manager
City of Riverside

Mark Tatum
Enterprise Executive

Micah Tokuda, Fundraising Co-chair
Financial Advisor
Edward Jones

Dusty Williams, Immediate Past Chair, Fundraising Co-chair
Retired, RivCo Flood Control & Water Conservation District

David Wahlquist
HR Consultant


Top Funders

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Employment Opportunities

We believe that our talent is among our greatest assets necessary to build the powerful global, social movement to improve people's lives and advance the common good for all. That is why United Way is committed to attracting, developing, retaining and creating careers for diverse talent and leadership who will work interdependently toward accomplishing our goals throughout the communities we serve.

Current Opportunities

Part time Bookkeeper