John Wilgers

John Wilgers

Greater Twin Cities United Way announced John Wilgers will join the organization as President and CEO. 

“John has the tremendous ability to build strong, trust-based relationships, focused on listening, learning and leading,” said Tim Welsh, chair of the Greater Twin Cities United Way Board and vice chairman of Consumer Banking Sales and Support at U.S. Bank. “Over the past year, United Way has achieved great momentum aligned with its long-range plan, and it’s an ideal time for John to lead the organization through the next phase of its transformation.” 

Wilgers joins United Way after 35 years at Ernst & Young where he most recently held the position of managing partner of the Minneapolis office. Over the past nine years Wilgers has served in several United Way roles including board chair, member of the executive committee of the board, volunteer, fundraiser and donor. 

A native of Kansas, Wilgers has lived in the Twin Cities region for the past 14 years. 

“I believe everyone has a responsibility to serve others and United Way is a great place for me to fulfill that responsibility in a community that I’ve grown to love,” said Wilgers. “I’m excited to work with a great community of impact-focused partners, generous donors and United Way’s strong leadership team.” 

Wilgers takes over for Trent Blain, who served as interim president and CEO during the search for a permanent leader. Blain will serve as senior vice president of marketing and engagement at United Way.

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