United Way Fox Cities announces new President & CEO

Peter Gianopoulos to drive the next stage of community impact

Published Monday, February 22, 2021

February 22, 2021—Fox Cities, Wisconsin: United Way Fox Cities announced today that Peter Gianopoulos has been named President and Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Peter C. Kelly. Gianopoulos’ employment with United Way Fox Cities will commence on April 1.

“Peter is a proven leader who will bring a strong understanding of business and community partnerships; corporate and community giving; and non-profit leadership and operations,” said Jeff Curtin, United Way Fox Cities Board Chair and Chair of the CEO Selection Committee. “He is uniquely qualified to take on this leadership role and we’re excited to have him join the team.”

Gianopoulos had a distinguished career at Thrivent for almost 25 years, during which he served in various leadership roles. His most recent experience includes guiding Thrivent’s Governance, Risk, Compliance, and Internal Audit programs and systems. Gianopoulos was the first recipient of Thrivent’s Volunteer Excellence Award, which recognized his outstanding service to the community, and he received Thrivent’s President Award for innovation and delivering business results.

In his new role, Gianopoulos will assume responsibility for driving the strategic direction behind United Way’s focus on improving the health, education, and financial stability of every person in the Fox Cities.

“I am honored to lead United Way Fox Cities,” said Gianopoulos. “I look forward to connecting with stakeholders in the coming months to listen and learn as we unite to build on current strengths and further fulfill the organization’s mission.”

From board leadership to fund raising to mentoring youth, Gianopoulos has been involved in many nonprofit organizations over the years. He has supported United Way fund raising efforts and annual campaigns, chaired committees responsible for investing in community partners, and served as a member of the United Way Fox Cities’ Grants Committee. In addition, Gianopoulos has supported the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Special Olympics, Catalpa Health, and Fox Valley Symphony, along with many other organizations.

Gianopoulos has called the Fox Cities home since 1980. He lives in Appleton with his wife, Cheryl, a Literacy Coach in the Neenah Joint School District, and their two children. In his free time, he enjoys the arts, local sports, and outdoor activities.

United Way Fox Cities is a tax-exempt, donor-supported organization improving lives by fighting for the health, education, and financial stability of every person. Through United Way, more than 100 funded programs improve the lives of 1 in 3 people in the Fox Cities and build a stronger, more caring community for everyone. Learn more at UnitedWayFoxCities.org