The United Way of New York City assists low-income New Yorkers by targeting the long-term, systemic causes of poverty. The agency focuses on improving New Yorkers' health, education and income stability, and works to increase the capacity of local not-for-profits. The United Way of New York City builds partnerships among businesses, government and not-for-profit organizations in each of the five boroughs to achieve its anti-poverty goals. The United Way of New York City is a local affiliate of United Way Worldwide, an international network that helps those in need in cities throughout the world.
Sheena Wright was appointed the first female president and CEO of United Way of New York City in October 2012. Before joining United Way of New York City, Wright served for a decade as the president and CEO of the Abyssinian Development Corporation, an economic and community development organization in Manhattan's Harlem neighborhood, where she currently lives. A graduate of Columbia Law School, Wright has worked for law firms and as the general counsel and executive vice president of business development for Crave Technologies. She is a member of the board of trustees of the Vera Institute for Justice and the New York City Regional Economic Development Council. United Way of New York City provided Wright's salary after the Salary Survey was published. Previously the Forward listed her predecessor Gordon Campbell's salary of $521,336.