In a blog post on the United Way Calgary website earlier this year, president and CEO Lucy Miller wrote, “Every society has windows of opportunity where it becomes possible to accelerate change.” Since stepping into her current role in March 2012, Miller has been working to open those windows in Calgary. And while she’s been with the organization for just over a year, she’s been successful: The United Way’s 2012 campaign raised $55.2 million dollars, setting a new record and surpassing its fundraising goal of $54 million. Miller has been a vocal advocate for eliminating youth poverty, and her organization worked with youth organizations and Calgary’s city council to develop a pilot project that would make young people eligible for low-income bus passes. While low-income adults could purchase a bus pass for only $44, young people were forced to buy the $57.50 youth pass. In December, city council unanimously approved a motion to expand low-income passes to those under 18, which will help nearly 2,000 impoverished youth get around the city. The pilot project is set to launch in November.
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Takeaway: Lucy Miller is the CEO at United Way.