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. As an innovator, she is leading the nonprofit organization in the development of strategic, as well as relevant initiatives that have measurable and lasting impact. This includes providing support to over 100 nonprofit partners, as well as the development of signature programs that best meet the needs of Long Islanders with the focus on health, education and financial stability.
During her tenure, Theresa has implemented significant organizational improvements, including strengthening community, business and labor partnerships. To ensure the organization maintains financial competency, she assembles, retains and engages high-impact board members that bring expertise from industries throughout the region.
She diligently maintains the 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 who has helped United Way expand its traditional fundraising activities.
Theresa’s leadership has transformed United Way to strengthen the workforce and social services sector to better serve families and individuals. The organization has advanced its role as a provider of green construction training for special populations and technical building services for energy efficient homes. With career sustainability critical to the mission, the launch of employment-geared initiatives are blazing a new trail of success for youths and veterans.
Her ability to pivot quickly is evident, as this year the pandemic changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. Theresa keyed in on addressing the needs of Long Islanders dealing with unparalleled hardship by forming a United Solution. Current partnerships, as well as new alliances, including with funders, allowed the organization to broaden its outreach and assistance to affected Long Islanders, many who have never needed help before. This was especially important to families with young children, veterans, mothers with newborns and seniors.
The health and economic crisis has caused many difficulties for vulnerable seniors, including isolation. Theresa acknowledged that there was a great need to assist seniors, leading to the development of Safe at Home Initiative. Bilingual Community Navigators help with day-to-day tasks, such as shopping for essentials, picking up prescriptions, connecting to family and access to receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.
Students and their families are also feeling the burden. With so many unprecedented educational challenges, Theresa recognized that student equity is critical in this remote-learning era and provided digital technology to least advantaged children and teens.
Theresa is a regular contributor to a number of high-profile regional and state discussions. She 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.
Theresa is a champion…bringing change and making a difference to the people who live on Long Island.
Honors, Recognitions, and Organizations:
• 2021 Long Island Press “Power List” – “Most Influential People” Honoree
• 2021 Town of Hempstead/City of Long Beach Workforce Development Board
• 2020 City & State NY Long Island Power 100 Honoree
• 2020 Long Island Press “Power List” – “The Change Makers”
• 2020 Council Member, State University College at Old Westbury
• 2019 Child Care Council of Nassau - Champion of Children's Honoree
• 2019 Freeport Educational Foundation Honoree
• 2019 City & State NY Long Island Power 50 Honoree
• 2019 Long Island Press Power List: Long Island’s Top 50 Most Influential People
• 2018 Child Care of Suffolk County – Champion of Children’s Honoree
• 2018 City & State NY Long Island Power 50 Honoree
• 2018 Long Island Press “Power List: Hall of Fame” Top 50 Most Influential People on Long Island
• 2017 Outstanding Partnership Award, United Veteran Beacon House
• 2017 Long Island Imagine Awards Leadership Excellence Award Winner
• 2017 Long Island Press “Power List” Top 50 Most Influential People on Long Island
• 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 CEO’s
• 2015 Grand Winner U.S. DOE National Housing Innovation Award – Zero Energy Ready Home
• 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
Current Board and Committee Affiliations:
• SUNY Old Westbury College Council
• LISTnet Board Member
• Advancement of Commerce, Industry and Technology Board Member
• Hofstra University’s Master of Public Health Program Advisory Committee