PWR 2016 Featured Speaker - Ross P. Meyer

Ross P. Meyer is vice president, community impact, of United Way of Greater Cincinnati, and is responsible for the management of nearly $40 million in community impact funding, the development of strategic initiatives to promote systemic change, and the oversight of United Way's 211 system. He previously served as executive director of Partners for a Competitive Workforce (PCW) from its inception in 2008. He joined the United Way team in January 2011 when United Way assumed management of PCW. PCW is a nationally-recognized cross-sector partnership of more than 150 organizations working to help people develop the skills they need to get good jobs and help businesses access skilled workers in the tri-state region. In its first five years, PCW leveraged nearly $30 million in public and private funds and helped over 6,000 individuals prepare for in-demand jobs.

He brings more than 10 years of increasingly responsible experience in the nonprofit, political, and academic fields. Meyer has worked in economic development for the cities of Miami and New York City, as well as in civic engagement for the Charles F. Kettering Foundation and Miami University. A native of Cincinnati, he was deeply involved with various human service and community development organizations in the Over-the-Rhine community for over eight years. He has served on committees for the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce, Agenda 360, the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, the Urban League, the Ohio Workforce Coalition, the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, and the National Skills Coalition. A graduate of Cincinnati USA Chamber C-Change Class 5, Meyer holds a master of public administration degree from New York University where he was a Catherine B. Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship, and a bachelor of philosophy degree from Miami University where he was a Harry S. Truman Scholar.