Meet New OCBC Member, Max Gardner, President and CEO of OC United Way

It’s only been 90 days since Max Gardner, former head of The Irvine Company’s Irvine Apartment Communities joined  Orange County United Way (OCUW) as President and CEO, but he is already making his mark at the Irvine-based nonprofit. Known for his transparent and hands-on leadership style, Gardner is settling into his new position the only way he knows how – by getting out of the office and into the community to meet the people who are helping improve lives and strengthen Orange County. Having served on OCUW’s Board of Directors for five years, and as Co-Chair of one of its donor circles, The Tocqueville Society, Gardner is not completely new to Orange County United Way, but he is on a mission to set a new course for the nearly ninety-year-old health and human services organization. An example of that new course: the organization’s current Campaign video. A departure from their previous testimonial-driven videos, the “Turning Around” clip offers a glimpse behind the velvet curtain of the Orange County depicted on TV and highlights how the entire community can make a difference by restoring HOPE with their actions.

Recently, Gardner answered 10 questions for OC Metro’s Philanthropy issue, sharing his thoughts on the state of Orange County’s charity landscape, the challenges nonprofits are facing, and what he wants the community to know about Orange County United Way. Click HERE to read the article (pages 46 & 47).

For more information contact Celeste Signorino, Vice President of Investor Relations and Business Development.

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