The United Way of Greater Houston announced May 23 that CEO Anna Babinwill be stepping down.

By   – Senior web editor, Houston Business Journal

Babin has served in the role since August 2005 and will remain until her successor is named and arrives, according to a May 23 press release. The goal is to hire a new CEO before the end of United Way’s fiscal year on March 31, 2020.

Dorothy Ables, a United Way board member and former Spectra Energy chief administrative officer, will chair the search committee for the new CEO.

“Anna believes this is the right time to identify our next CEO, who will lead the United Way in this exciting new direction,” Jamey Rootes, chair of the United Way Board of Trustees and president of the Houston Texans, said in the release. “Anna has always placed the interests of the United Way above all else, and by doing so, she has set the standard for leadership at the United Way of Greater Houston.”

United Way of Greater Houston is the third-largest United Way organization nationwide in terms of annual campaign giving, per the release.

One of the accomplishments that Babin noted in the release is United Way Thrive, which launched a decade ago. The program “leverages more than 20 nonprofit partners and partnerships with employers, community colleges, financial institutions and city and state agencies, to provide families with the best and most comprehensive resources, wraparound support and the services they need to reach real and lasting financial independence,” per its website. So far, United Way Thrive has helped more than 211,000 low-income families, per the release.

Additionally, United Way secured $8.4 million for the construction of a 2-1-1 facility and updated technology under Babin’s leadership, the release notes. The 2-1-1 Texas/United Way Helpline is the largest helpline of its kind in the country and answered 1.2 million calls in 2018 alone, per the release.

Babin also led the United Way’s coordination of recover efforts after Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Harvey and oversaw the United Way of Greater Houston merger with Montgomery County United Way.

More recently, United Way also developed a transformative strategic plan called the “Second Century Vision” under Babin’s leadership.