After 13 years of dedicated service as President of the United Way of Central New York (“UWCNY”), Frank Lazarski announced today that he will retire in 2017. Concurrently, the UWCNY Board announced the formation of a Search Committee, headed by Board Vice-Chair Virginia Biesiada, to identify a successor executive. Lazarski will continue in his role as President through August 2017 to ensure a smooth and successful transition.
“I have been privileged to get to know a significant number of people of good will from our private and public sectors who demonstrate incredible caring and generosity for persons in need” said Lazarski. “That caring, blended with the dedication and professionalism of our local nonprofit professionals, enables us to maintain a robust network of services. It has been a tremendous experience for me to be a part of such an amazing community”.
Lazarski joined the UWCNY as President in 2003, continuing a distinguished career dedicated to public service. Prior to joining the United Way, he held executive positions with Syracuse 20/20 and CNY Works, Inc., and served the City of Syracuse, under Mayor Tom Young, as Parks Commissioner and Director of Administration. He also worked for many years for the Syracuse Catholic Diocese and Catholic Charities. He is a part-time instructor at Syracuse University, teaching a course in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs since 1996.
“Frank’s dedication to the United Way and the entire region over his career has been exemplary; he has been a true leader within the not-for-profit community for many years and he will be greatly missed by the Board, staff and the many people of Central New York who have benefitted from his tireless efforts,” said Stephen Gorczynski, Chair of the UWCNY Board.
During Lazarski’s tenure, the UWCNY raised over $ 110 million for area not-for-profits, helping to advance the United Way’s mission of improving lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good. Other highlights include leading the UWCNY’s collaboration with numerous partners on community-wide initiatives such as Success by 6 and Early Childhood Alliance, Work Train, 211CNY, Gifts in Kind, VolunteerCNY.org and the Onondaga County CA$H Coalition, Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County, ALICE and Greater Syracuse HOPE.