Northern Utah's United Way finds well-traveled leader right at home

Wednesday , January 03, 2018 - 5:15 AM

JANAE FRANCIS, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — Tim Jackson has officially taken the reins of United Way of Northern Utah after serving as provisional CEO since August.

Jackson, 38, previously served in the dual role of chief operating officer and director of its Ogden United Promise Neighborhood initiative.

Last month, the agency’s board voted unanimously for Jackson’s advancement after a four-month search through a pool of more than 40 candidates, according to a news release.

Jackson said he plans to build on the uniting and organizational work of former CEO Robert Hunter, who left United Way to lead the Olene Walker Institute at Weber State University.

“I take great pride and bring a strong sense of duty to this leadership role and am excited to be able to work with dedicated staff, community partners, donors and volunteers who are working to improve the lives of their neighbors,” Jackson said.

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His plans are to broaden community impact and increase the presence of United Way.

Those behind his promotion said they believed the local United Way office is in good hands.

Kent Streuling, a member of the executive board and chairman of the human resources committee for the non-profit, said Jackson rose to the top of a national pool of candidates. 

“We were both lucky and excited that he was willing to accept the position,” Streuling said. “We were excited that he was already in our organization.”

Jackson has demonstrated both his leadership and commitment to the not-for-profit community, Streuling said.

“In his tenure with United Way, he’s really demonstrated to us his leadership abilities in everything that he’s done,” Streuling said. “In the last four months, he has demonstrated to us that he has the knowledge, skills and ability to do the job.” 

Chris Dallin, 2017 United Way of Northern Utah board chairman, pointed to Jackson’s master’s degree in not-for-profit management and his five-year experience at United Way of Northern Utah as key reasons why board members believed he was the man for the job.

“He’s done a great job with our budget, profit raising and grant writing,” Dallin said. “He’s been great at making sure that we focus our attention on data-driven solutions to help vulnerable populations.”

The Ogden United Promise Neighborhoods and SparkPoint Center were examples Dallin named. Both projects are efforts to end poverty through education and support of struggling families through partnerships with grassroots community organizations.

Jackson also has focused on reading programs, inter-generational programs and other initiatives that have made large impacts in the community, Dallin said.

Jackson was born and raised in Utah, according to his biography. He earned a bachelor’s degree in international affairs and economics from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 2002.

Upon completing his undergraduate studies, he spent five years in Latin America, primarily in Ecuador, Peru and Mexico. He taught, then managed programs for international students, the news release said.

“He has a passion for people and for finding a solution for the community, regardless of where he is at,” Cory Gardiner, 2018 United Way of Northern Utah board chairwoman, said.

“He has opened up several opportunities to take the United Way,” Gardiner said. “We are very excited about his ideas and his direction that he’s taking Northern Utah.”

Jackson returned to Northern Utah in 2007 and worked as a community school director for five years, working with immigrant populations in Summit County.

He then completed a master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis in nonprofit administration from the University of Utah in 2011 before joining the staff at United Way of Northern Utah.

His outside interests include the outdoors, distance running and spending time with his wife, Jesse, and 3-year-old daughter, Sofia, the news release said.

You can reach reporter JaNae Francis at or 801-625-4228. Follow her on Twitter at @JaNaeFrancisSE or like her on Facebook at 

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