Theresa A. Regnante

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


Theresa A. Regnante is President & Chief Executive Officer of United Way of Long Island, one of the region’s largest, most respected nonprofit organizations. An advocate for improving the lives of all Long Islanders, Theresa has dedicated her career to helping others through health, education, and financial stability.

Since rejoining United Way in 2009, Theresa has led its work to create opportunity for people through collaboration and community-led change. She has spoken extensively on how we must bring industry, labor, and government partners together to bridge divides, embrace diverse voices, and pursue innovation to find common solutions that help all Long Islanders thrive.

During her tenure, Theresa has launched the award-winning Net Zero Energy Building Campaign, transforming United Way’s headquarters into a building that produces as much energy as it uses; created the Workforce Development Training Academy to grow the region’s talent pool of skilled labor in energy efficiency and clean technology; innovated Mission United efforts to provide veterans and their families with the services they need; launched Safe at Home, a proactive strategy to keep seniors healthy and safe in their homes; and elevated United Way’s national prominence as a eight-time U.S. Department of Energy’s Housing Innovation Award winner, the successful housing initiative providing sustainable, energy-efficient, and affordable homes to individuals and families in need.

Theresa has also led United Way’s UNITED SOLUTION throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, distributing more than $2,000,000 in funding to provide emergency help for 6,000 families, individuals, mothers with newborns, and healthcare responders.

She is a highly sought-after thought leader and is routinely recognized as one of Long Island’s most influential people by City & State NY, Long Island Press, and Long Island Business News, among other prominent sources.

Theresa serves on the boards of United Way of New York State, LISTnet, the SUNY Old Westbury College Council, and the Advisory Council for Hofstra University’s Master of Public Health program.

Her commitment to build bold cross-sector partnerships at the system, network, and community levels to ideate and implement equitable solutions continues to drive United Way forward in its mission to advance the common good.