United Way of San Diego County has selected Nancy Sasaki as the new president and CEO of the non-profit, according to a news release.

"Nancy brings exceptional and deep nonprofit leadership experience to United Way, as we continue to disrupt cycles of poverty and develop long-term solutions for local children and families. She also brings great knowledge of the San Diego community, which is a fantastic asset to United Way,” said Richard Pattenaude, chair of United Way of San Diego County’s board of directors.

Sasaki serves on the board of San Diego Grantmakers and is a founding member of the San Diego Impact Investors Network. Most recently, Sasaki, who has experience in strategic planning and sustainable solutions, served as the executive director of Alliance Healthcare Foundation.

"I am a huge advocate of and have worked throughout my career in collaborative community work for the underserved – in fact, it is what I love to do the most,” said Sasaki. “I bring this passion and experience with me to United Way so that every child – regardless of zip code or family income – is prepared to succeed in school and in life.”

Prior to her post at Alliance Healthcare Foundation, Sasaki was president and CEO of Planned Parenthood in Los Angeles, and has served in various positions for the women's health organization in Hawaii and Texas as well.