The Next Chapter series is a partnership with United Way of Central Ohio that will examine trends in population growth, demographics, job outlook, housing, transportation, education, and other aspects that affect the quality of life around Central Ohio. Learn about how we became the city we are today and how we can best prepare, influence, and embrace the city we are growing into. Michael Wilkos, Sr. Vice President of Community Impact at United Way of Central Ohio, will present the first two programs in this series.
Michael Wilkos is the Senior Vice President of Community Impact. His team develops effective strategies to improve our community and invests in programs provided by funded partners to implement these strategies. Prior to joining United Way, Michael was Director of Community Research at The Columbus Foundation. During his tenure at the foundation, he initiated, led, and managed more than $9 million in competitive grant-making to support holistic community revitalization in Weinland Park, an effort to stabilize and revitalize a mixed-income community near The Ohio State University. Prior to joining the foundation, Michael served as Senior Impact Director and Director of Neighborhood Development at United Way of Central Ohio. In that position, he managed program allocations supporting neighborhood development strategies. Among many other duties, he also directed volunteer involvement in developing and implementing strategies supporting housing and community safety programs.