NEWS RELEASE | United Way of Allen County Announces New President and CEO

For Immediate Release: January 13, 2020
Contact: Kristi Crisp 260.469.4019 or

United Way of Allen County Announces New President and CEO

January 13, 2020

(FORT WAYNE, IN) -- Following an extensive local and national search, United Way of Allen County’s Board of Directors have announced its new president and CEO. Matthew Purkey will begin service with United Way of Allen County on February 3, 2020.

Purkey most recently served as Financial Manager in Special Operations for the United States Air Force (Civilian) in Dayton, OH. However, he is no stranger to the mission of United Way as he has led at both United Way of the Greater Dayton Area and United Way of Northeast Georgia. He is also a 2017 graduate of United Way World Wide’s Executive Leadership Development Program.

Purkey, his wife Amanda, along with their three children (Micah, 6; Ezekiel, 4, and Gabriel, 2) are excited to start a new adventurous chapter in Fort Wayne. Amanda, a high school history teacher says "what a pleasure it is to relocate to a city so deeply rooted in our country and regions history. We look forward to immersing ourselves in everything that is amazing about Allen County.

 “I am humbled by the trust and support of the Board. What an honor to serve in such a generous community,” said Purkey. “I look forward to leading United Way of Allen County into a new decade of strengthened collaboration, expanded impact, and committed service to our donors, agency partners, and those who benefit from our work.”

Purkey, a United States Marine Corps veteran, has a Masters of Human Services degree specializing in Executive Leadership from Liberty University and is pursuing a PhD in Strategic Leadership also, from Liberty University.

“We are excited to have Matthew accept this important leadership role in our community,” said Sue Ehinger, Board Chair for United Way of Allen County. “He is a proven servant leader with a passion for the United Way mission, has demonstrated success in building and leading high-performance teams, and has developed comprehensive strategies that respond to the needs of the community.”