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Michelle Hantman (’07), United Way of Greater New Bedford

When asked about her community involvement, Michelle emphasizes that her work at the United Way is all about the community: “There is so much work to do! Struggling families need our help. And there are many organizations who need our support. Matching people’s desire to help those in need keeps me going!”

What do you do professionally?

I’ve been the President & CEO of the United Way of Greater New Bedford for over 12 years. I started here as a volunteer and this is my third role within the organization.

How are you involved in the community and what motivates you to engage? 

My work is all about the community! United Way of Greater New Bedford mobilizes people, partnerships and resources to improve the communities we serve. We are at the center of many wonderful things happening in Greater New Bedford. We are a unique organization and play a vital role as a cross-sector convener and connector.

There is so much work to do! Struggling families need our help. And there are many organizations who need our support. Matching people’s desire to help those in need keeps me going.  I feel there are many people who want to give back, get involved and be part of making life better for people. Leading an organization like UWGNB allows me to see this at work in the most authentic way.

What did you find most valuable about the LSC experience and how did it contribute to your community leadership? 

As a program, LSC looked very different back when I participated. A constant has remained- the focus on the region. Community issues and needs are the same. This region has undergone significant transformation. Our industries have changed, our needs have grown, but there are opportunities. If we work together, regionally, and build upon our strengths, we will accomplish great things for the South Coast.

Describe your leadership in one word.

Genuine

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