Valley of the Sun United Way
Merl Waschler leads Valley of the Sun United Way as President and Chief Executive Officer. He guides the strategic direction of the largest non-profit investor of health and human services programs in Maricopa County.
Under his leadership, United Way leverages the expertise and passion of 90,000 individual donors, 700 business supporters, volunteers, partners and staff. He leads the development of long-term systemic change that transforms individual lives in the Valley by achieving United Way’s three bold Community Objectives: 1) Ensure Children and Youth Succeed; 2) End Hunger and Homelessness; and, 3) Increase Financial Stability of Families and Individuals.
Merl joined United Way in 1992 as Chief Financial Officer. He is a Certified Public Accountant, and a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, where he earned a degree in Accounting. Prior to joining United Way, Merl held a variety of finance and accounting positions in the for-profit and government sectors, beginning his career in Washington, D.C., with Arthur Andersen and Co., the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., the Disclosure Information Group and Oryx Press.
Merl serves on several community boards including AZ Ready Council, Arizona Chamber of Commerce, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Greater Phoenix Leadership, Helios Education Foundation, United Way Worldwide National Professional Council, Rodel Foundation of Arizona and the Virginia Piper Trust Fellows Selection Committee.