Katy Castagna New CEO

The United Way Monterey County Board of Directors is proud to announce that Katy Castagna has been named President and CEO.  Castagna has been with UWMC for more than 10 years and previously served as Chief Operating Officer, overseeing operations and fundraising.  Prior to her role as COO, she held the positions of Vice President of Programs, Director of Community Impact and Director of Success by 6.  

“Katy is the perfect choice for our community. She has the experience, the educational background and, most importantly, she shares our vision for United Way and our community,” said Tim Nylen, UWMC Board Chair.

Castagna has more than 30 years of experience working and volunteering in public and nonprofit organizations focused on health and human services.  During her tenure with UWMC she has been instrumental in bringing essential services such as 2-1-1, EarnIt! KeepIt! $aveIt!, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Stuff the Bus to Monterey County.  

“This is an exciting time for UWMC.  We have results from Impact Monterey County and I’m eager to tackle the issues facing our community so that we can achieve the aspirations we all share for our future,” said Castagna.  

“Katy will take the concerns identified through Impact Monterey County and help lead us to the sweet spot where United Way can best work to create solutions for our community,” added Nylen.  “She has the capacity to take us to the next level of success.”

A graduate of Brown University, Castagna holds an MBA from The Anderson School of Management at UCLA. She lives in Monterey with her husband and their two children.  Among her other interests, she volunteers with the American Cetacean Society, a whale and dolphin conservation organization.