LAFAYETTE, La. - The United Way of Acadiana has named Carlee Alm-LaBar its new President/CEO.
Alm-LaBar's new position is effective February 26, although she will begin onboarding immediately. Interim President/CEO Troy Cloutier will continue to serve and aid in the transition over the next several weeks.
"Over the last several years, I've been in positions that allowed me to see the needs and opportunities in our region," Alm-LaBar said. "United Way of Acadiana is a perfect fit to leverage that knowledge and bring people and passion together to improve the lives of our citizens,
"United Way of Acadiana has developed a new, streamlined organizational structure over the past year," Scott Dominque, United Way of Acadiana board chair said. "As we enter our seventy-first year of service, we are ready for Carlee's leadership and are looking forward to a bright, strong future."
Alm-LaBar, who recently ran for Mayor-President of Lafayette Parish as a no-party candidate, said running for office helped her get a deeper level of understanding of the issues that face Lafayette and other communities in the United Way of Acadiana service area.
"I was blessed during the campaign to have connected with so many people," Alm-LaBar said. "United Way has an amazing history of transformative change in Acadiana, and I'm thrilled to be a part of helping our citizens thrive."
Alm-LaBar was most recently the Director of Traditional Neighborhood Developments for Southern Lifestyle Development. She worked for Lafayette Consolidated Government for eight years, serving in the Mayor-President's office under Joey Durel and then Joel Robideaux, who appointed her the Director of Development and Planning. Prior to her roles in government, she worked more than eight years in the nonprofit sector. She is a graduate of Leadership Louisiana, a current board member and past chair of Leadership Institute of Acadiana, and the Community Vice President for the Junior League of Lafayette. Carlee has received several community honors including Acadiana's 20 Under 40 Award and was recognized as a 2015 Women Who Mean Business honoree. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree from LSU and a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.