United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley (UWGLV) has named Marci Martinez-Howey as the first ever associate vice president, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI).
“This is an exciting next step for our United Way, advancing our bold goals and building on the foundation of our work in collective impact, addressing complex social issues at scale,” said Marci Lesko, executive vice president, UWGLV. “Appointing Marci Martinez-Howey as a DEI leader within our organization ensures that we cultivate an inclusive environment that delivers equitable opportunities for those we employ and those we serve.”
In her new role, Martinez-Howey will lead UWGLV’s DEI strategy. She will ensure that UWGLV is accountable to its DEI statement and operationalize the organization’s vision that everyone belongs, and everyone thrives in the Greater Lehigh Valley.
“The changes I have seen over the last couple of years in my engagements with UWGLV have been amazing – a true commitment to the work of inclusivity. You have hired and retained a very diverse workforce and now with the appointment of Marci Martinez-Howey, the organization has truly focused on diversity in its infrastructure. There is always more to do, but you are walking the walk and doing so courageously in challenging times,” said Scott Blair, associate vice president for DEI at DeSales University
“DEI work touches so many – different races, ethnicities, gender identities and expressions, veterans, people with disabilities and diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. Very simply, I will work to ensure that everyone has the tools they need to succeed and feels welcomed and respected. It is a privilege to lead this effort for such a pivotal organization,” Martinez-Howey said.
Martinez-Howey previously served as the organization’s senior director, Finance. She has supported significant initiatives related to DEI work as member of the Strategic Response Team, DEI strategy group, and as the internal DEI committee co-chair.
She co-created curriculum and co-facilitated sessions around equitable interviewing and hiring practices, conducted organization-wide climate surveys, worked to develop an equity-based RFP/Qualification process for funded agencies and non-funded partners, and is the organization’s Bank On Allentown representative.
Martinez-Howey also serves on boards and committees for Financial Literacy Center of the Lehigh Valley, Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce, Latino Leadership Alliance of Lehigh Valley, and Bethlehem YWCA.
She is a 2021 Bethlehem YWCA Woman of the Year award recipient. Martinez-Howey expects to graduate in May 2022 from Cedar Crest College with a BA in Applied Psychology focusing on Industrial/Organizational Psychology. She resides in Catasauqua with her husband, Edward, and three of their five children.