Vanecia Kerr is the Chief Impact Officer at the Mile High United Way. In her role, she is responsible for developing, leading and implementing the Mile High United Way’s program strategy that advances the mission and creates sustainable community impact. This includes overseeing the portfolio of programs, grants and related services while engaging with community, government and business leaders to ensure continuous evaluation, learning and effectiveness.
Prior to joining the Mile High United Way, Vanecia served as the Regional Executive Director of College Track Colorado. With a center in Aurora and another one in Denver, she was responsible for a region that empowered over 500 students with more than 350 high school students and over 170 college students on a path to a four-year college degree. Prior to College Track, Ms. Kerr served as the Managing Director of Marketing, Communications and Development for City Year Denver where she was also instrumental in launching City Year in the Denver community.
Ms. Kerr started her career in the corporate sector and spent over 20 years in a variety of leadership roles that included business to business sales as well as relationship management with top tier clients (mostly notable colleges, universities, and nonprofit organizations) whose assets ranged from $200 million to $800 million. It was through her experience in developing and implementing the community relations strategy as the Regional Director of Community Affairs for TIAA-CREF that really inspired her to spend the next half of her career dedicated to addressing the needs in our local communities.
Ms. Kerr is the recipient of numerous certificates and honors throughout her career including being recognized as one of the Top 25 Most Powerful Women by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce (2018) and one of the Outstanding Women in Business by the Denver Business Journal (2018). An accomplished champion of civic engagement, Ms. Kerr is the founder of several organizations and has served on numerous boards. Currently she serves on the Board of Directors for the Newman Center for Performing Arts, Hope Communities and GlobalMinded. She was appointed to the Commission on Higher Education by Gov. John Hickenlooper in 2014 and currently serves as the Chair.
Ms. Kerr is a highly experienced public speaker, credited with more than 250 speaking engagements to audiences ranging from 20 to 2,000 people; highlights include serving as a keynote speaker, expert panelist, and facilitator for various local and national organizations, including the Clinton Global Initiative and Boston College’s Center for Corporate Citizenship. Ms. Kerr is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (a public service sorority) and Jack and Jill of America, Inc. as well as several other organizations. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Hampton University in Virginia and a Masters of Public Administration from Baruch College at the City University of New York (CUNY).
In her spare time, she likes to volunteer, serve in her local church, watch movies and enjoy the many activities that Colorado has to offer with her husband and 18-year-old son.