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United Way leader Fran Weisberg leaving post

United Way of Greater Rochester Inc. leader Fran Weisberg will leave the organization later this year.

In a statement, Weisberg said it was with mixed emotion that she was leaving her position as president and CEO on Dec. 31.

“This decision was not an easy one,” Weisberg said. “While my tenure at United Way has allowed me to do what I am truly passionate about—bringing people together to help our community thrive—I must make a change to devote more time to my family.”

United Way’s board of directors will begin the search for a new leader in July.

Weisberg was named president and CEO in 2015, succeeding Peter Carpino. Prior to joining United Way, Weisberg served as executive director of the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency and previously was president and CEO of Lifespan of Greater Rochester Inc. for more than 10 years.

Weisberg also was the first female chair of the Monroe County Democratic Party, and in 2015 she told the RBJ that she was known as a “troublemaker” in high school and college.

In both 2016 and 2017, United Way topped its annual fundraising goals; last year the organization raised $25.1 million and this year it raised $25.4 million.

“I am extremely proud of what our community and the donors, volunteers and staff members at United Way have accomplished over the last two years,” Weisberg said in her statement. “I have full confidence that the United Way of Greater Rochester will continue to play an essential role in bettering our community.”

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