TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—James Brown, President and CEO of United Way of Tompkins County (UWTC), retired from his position Aug. 5. 

Brown had worked at UWTC since 1997, beginning as an interim CEO and was later named President and CEO in 1998. During his 42 years of work for United Way, Brown had worked on 44 United Way campaigns across St. Louis, Houston, Pikes Peak and Ithaca.  

“We thank James for his commitment to the United Way of Tompkins County,” UWTC Board Chair Scott Keenan said in a press release. “ He has forged strong connections and helped elevate United Way to becoming a recognized community partner for all things Tompkins County.”

According to the release, Gail Belokur, current Chief Administrative Officer, has accepted the role of Interim Chief Operating Officer and the UWTC Board of Directors is currently creating a committee to begin the search to fill the CEO position. 

 During his tenure at UWTC, Brown helped create and develop programs like Youth and Philanthropy, Summers of Service, Student United Ways, Hunger & Food Security Initiatives, and Urgent Rx. 

“The six-month interim position I accepted here evolved, grew, and has now reached its end,” Brown said in the release. “I appreciate and value the work and opportunity to be a part of it.”

Brown is a board member for local organizations including the Cayuga Health System and the Tompkins Charitable Gift Fund.