Ms. Chris Wells has been named the next executive director for United Way of Thurston County. She will replace Paul Knox, who completed seven years in the position earlier this month.

Wells will come to Thurston County from Gainesville, Florida, where she has been development director at United Way of North Central Florida. She earlier was co-host of a local morning radio show for 10 years and executive director of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association for seven years.

“Chris possesses a deep understanding of the mission and work of United Way and is passionate in her commitment to our continued success and improvement,” says Liz Davis, chair of UWTC’s board of directors.

“I am looking forward to this new role,” says Wells. “Embracing community impact and donor-centered fundraising will produce growth in our existing campaigns and donor groups, as well as build new relationships that will lay the foundation for our success in the coming decades, so that we can continue to be a force for good in the communities we serve.”

She will begin her new role in Olympia before the end of the year.