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Theresa A. Regnante

Theresa A. Regnante
President & Chief Executive Officer, United Way of Long Island

Theresa A. Regnante serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of Long Island, where she has been a catalyst for positive change since 2009. She is leading the nonprofit organization, founded in 1964, and supporting over 100 community partners in the development of strategic initiatives that have measurable and lasting impact.

During her tenure, Theresa has implemented significant organizational improvements in the areas of community partnerships and financial competence and has assembled, retained, and engaged high impact board members. She has worked hard to maintain the delicate balance of dedication to mission, the need for bold entrepreneurial initiatives and the application of sound business management needed to run a successful nonprofit organization. Theresa is an innovative and creative leader and has helped United Way of Long Island expand its traditional fundraising activities by broadening the base of support and introducing the organization to previously untapped markets. Her efforts have stabilized the organization both administratively and financially.

Under Theresa's stewardship, United Way of Long Island has shifted the focus of its mission to education, income and health -- the building blocks for a good quality life. In 2010, United Way of Long Island launched the LIVE UNITED campaign to engage communities in a more inclusive strategic effort. LIVE UNITED is an invitation to give, to advocate, to volunteer -- an opportunity for all people to think of themselves as part of the solution.

Theresa's leadership has transformed United Way of Long Island to strengthen the workforce and social services sector to better serve our community. The organization has advanced its role as a provider of green construction training for special populations and technical building services for energy efficient homes and has launched employment-geared initiatives that blaze a new trail of success for youths and veterans. Since 2009, more than 265 students have graduated from United Way’s YouthBuild and VetsBuild Programs with one-third moving into construction jobs, one third into other careers and one-third pursuing higher education.

Theresa is a regular contributor to a number of high-profile regional and state discussions and frequently speaks about critical issues ranging from suburban poverty to the ability of public/private partnerships to drive innovation and create long-term human success. 

Honors and Recognitions and Organizations

  • 2017 Leadership Excellence Award Finalist from Long Island Imagine Awards 
  • 2016 L.I. Against Domestic Violence-Outstanding Support Appreciation Award
  • 2016 David S. Taub Award-The Safe Center LI
  • 2016 Grand Winner U.S. DOE National Housing Innovation Award Winner
  • 2016 SmartCEO's Brava Award - Top Female CEOs
  • 2015 Long Island Press "Power List" Top 50 Most Influential People on Long Island
  • 2015 Human Services Award - TSLI/HHB
  • 2015 Leadership Excellence Award-Corporate Citizenship Not-For-Profit from Long Island Business News
  • 2015 Leadership Award Finalist from Long Island Imagine Awards
  • 2015 Leadership Award Finalist from Athena International
  • 2014 International Humanitarian Award from Gift of Life, Inc.
  • 2014 Hispanic Brotherhood of Rockville Centre
  • 2013 The Long Island Press Community Leadership Award
  • 2013 Outstanding CEO Award from Long Island Business News
  • 2013 Child Advocate of the Year Award from Hi-Hello Child Care Center
  • 2013 Child Care Council of Nassau’s 40th Anniversary for Outstanding Achievement in Community Partnerships
  • 2012 Honorary Doctor of Laws from St. Joseph’s College in New York
  • 2012 Nonprofit Leadership Alliance’s Alumna of the Year
  • 2012 Suffolk County Coalition Against Domestic Violence as Woman Achiever of the Year
  • 2012 Suffolk County Women's Bar Association, Suffolk County Bar Association, Nassau County Bar Association and the Partnership to Advance Women Leaders
  • 2012 The Simple Hope Foundation
  • 2012 Long Island Head Start
  • 2011 Long Island Federation of Labor’s Leadership Award
  • 2011 Child Care Council of Suffolk
  • 2010 - 50 Most Influential and Powerful People on Long Island by Long Island Press
  • 2010 Top 50 Women in Business by Long Island Business News
  • 2010 Advancement for Commerce, Industry and Technology’s Humanitarian Spirit Award

Board and Committee Affiliation

  • Long Island Index Advisory Committee Member
  • Adelphi University's Institute for Social Research & Community Engagement
  • Vital Signs Advisory Board
  • Hofstra University's Master of Public Health Program Advisory Committee
  • Advancement of Commerce, Industry and Technology Board Member
  • LISTnet Board Member