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Carla Vargas Jasa is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Valley of the Sun United Way, which serves the more than 4.3M people of Maricopa County by fighting for kids, families and the neighborhoods where they live. Valley of the Sun United Way is the 3rd largest United Way in the nation with annual revenues in excess of $85M and is supported by 90,000 individual donors, 5,000 volunteers, 400 companies and hundreds of non-profits and schools. Under her leadership, United Way works to improve the lives of community members by focusing on systemic change efforts impacting kids and families in Maricopa County’s underserved communities.
Vargas Jasa joins Valley of the Sun United Way in June 2019 as the first female and Latina President. Prior to this role, she held several leadership roles for Orange County United Way, including Senior Vice President of Community Impact and Chief Operating Officer. The Orange County United Way serves a population of over 3 million people and is also among the largest in the United Way system.
With Vargas Jasa’s leadership, that United Way launched FACE 2024, a 10-year strategic community impact plan driven by measurable community goals, which are tracked and reported in an annual Community Scorecard. She also guided the launch of United to End Homelessness, a communitywide response to Orange County’s growing homelessness population which brought new and innovative public-private partnerships to that market.
Vargas Jasa has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley. In both 2015 and 2016, Vargas Jasa was recognized as a nominee for the Orange County Business Journal “Women in Business” Award and in 2012 received the OC Metro’s “40 Under 40” award. In her free time, Carla enjoys spending time with her husband and traveling to explore new wineries north and south of the border.
Nancy Dean works closely with community leaders, United Way executive leadership and the Board of Directors on key priorities and strategic initiatives. She is responsible for strategy development, implementation and assessment of the organization’s business framework. Nancy actively engages in the community and with other United Ways to identify and refine emerging practices and programs to better Break the Cycle of Poverty for kids, their families and the communities they live in. Previously at Valley of the Sun United Way, she served as the Chief Development Officer for seven years.
Nancy joined United Way in 2010. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Irvine. Prior to coming to United Way, Nancy was President and Chief Executive Officer for the Arizona Foundation for Women and Chief Operating Officer of the Grand Canyon Chapter of the American Red Cross. She also served as Vice President of Constituent Relations at the Arizona State University Foundation and has an extensive development background in higher education.
Nancy cares deeply for the community and has been involved with several organizations; including ICAN in Chandler which provides positive programs for youth, National Charity League, and the East Valley Women’s League. Through her personal service, she remains connected to the community and focuses particularly on issues faced by women and children.
As Chief Financial Officer, Tanya oversees all fiscal and fiduciary responsibilities for the organization and leads the development of long term economic strategy. Tanya and her team provide key stakeholders, including the Board of Directors, the leadership team and staff, our donors and the general public with key information which helps them assess United Way’s effectiveness and efficiency. She holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from New Mexico State University.
Tanya was recognized as one of Arizona’s 40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40 of 2011, Financial Executive International Non-Profit CFO of the Year in Arizona 2013, and named by Phoenix Business Journal as one of Phoenix’s 40 Under 40 of 2014. Phoenix Business Journal has also recognized her as one of Phoenix’s Outstanding CFO’s and Rising Star. Tanya serves on the United World Wide Financial Issues Committee and United World Wide Diversity and Inclusion Council where she leads efforts to leverage the diversity of Latinos/Hispanics to create more inclusive communities.
Tanya serves on the Board and Finance Committee for Arizona Grantmaker’s Forum and as Board Treasurer for the Phoenix Community Tool Bank. She is a member of Financial Executive International and mentors for New Pathways for Youth. She is an active alumnus with Valley Leadership and Valle del Sol Hispanic Leadership Institute.
Tamera Skrovan oversees Donor Impact at Valley of the Sun United Way. She directs strategic engagement initiatives, including marketing and communications and aspects of revenue generation, including annual workforce campaigns, major and planned gifts, grants, and volunteerism. Tamera leads the engagement of organizations and individuals to achieve aspirations we all share: a good education for our kids, a roof over our heads, food on the table and the security that comes with financial independence.
Tamera holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State University. She brings more than 25 years of diverse strategy, brand development and marketing experience to United Way. Prior to joining United Way, Tamera was Director of Marketing for The Nature Conservancy. She helped advance Fortune 500 brands such as Target Stores and Caterpillar, Inc., and served as Director of Brand Development for one of Europe’s top internet brands, Chello Broadband.
Tamera serves on community boards including the communications committees for BUILD and Read On Arizona.
As Chief Public Policy Officer, Penny oversees all advocacy and public policy efforts for Valley of the Sun United Way at the federal, state, and local levels. She develops plans and strategies to address issues around youth and children, hunger and homelessness, and financial stability for individuals and families.
Prior to joining United Way, Penny served for 20 years in the Corporate Public Affairs Department of Southwest Gas Corporation managing issues at the Arizona State Legislature, the Governor’s Office, state agencies, and also worked with Arizona cities, towns, and counties and with the federal delegation. Prior to joining Southwest Gas, Penny served in other government relations capacities at the federal, state and county levels.
Penny has been an active member of numerous professional, community and civic organizations and was elected to the Maricopa County Charter Committee. Penny graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science.