Graduate of A.C. Davis High School in Yakima will lead United Way of Central Washington

A graduate of A.C. Davis High School and strong supporter of math and science education will lead United Way of Central Washington as its new president and CEO, the nonprofit announced today. Neiri Carrasco will assume her new role on April 6, according to a news release from Duane Monick, chairman of the board of United Way of Central Washington. The organization supports 56 partner agencies in Yakima and Kittitas counties. Carrasco is leaving her position at the University of Washington College of the Environment, where she is the director of the Seattle Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program. “The Board of Directors of United Way of Central Washington are excited to bring Ms. Carrasco to the community to lead the organization and help us fulfill our mission,” Monick said of the 2000 graduate of Davis High. “With more than 10 years’ experience in leadership roles, Neiri has an extensive history of work in the non-profit sector and brings a unique skill set of management, fundraising and marketing to our team.” Carrasco received a bachelor of science degree from Rockford College in Rockford, Ill. in 2005, where she studied business administration and Spanish. Before joining the Seattle MESA program in 2013, she led the Yakima Valley Tri-Cities MESA program from 2008-13, according to the news release and In 2011, that program — which supports five school districts throughout the Tri-Cities and Yakima Valley to promote math, engineering and science for minorities and women — became the largest MESA program in Washington state, the news release said. “She is also a former MESA student and has experienced firsthand the challenges and lack of guidance that come with being the first person in her family to attend college,” the Seattle MESA website notes. Carrasco is a member of the Association of Latino Professionals for America. She is also the co-founding member of the Mid-Columbia STEM education Collaboratory. As the new leader of United Way of Central Washington, Carrasco replaces Mark Todd, who announced in mid-December that he was resigning; his last day was Dec. 23. Todd left to pursue other interests, including nonprofit and marketing consulting, United Way officials said. Learn more about United Way of Central Washington at