About Kathleen


Kathleen Cannon is President/CEO of United Way of Broward County and works to heighten the successful confluence of nonprofits, community leaders, volunteers and private businesses to help those in most need in our community. Prior to joining United Way of Broward County’s leadership, Kathleen was the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Broward House for more than nine years. Kathleen started her career in direct social services as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, which brings a unique perspective to her leadership style. She has worked with a multitude of populations including people with chronic persistent mental illness, substance abusers, runaway teens, persons with physical disabilities, people living with HIV/AIDS and children with disabilities.

While at the helm of United Way of Broward County, both Kathleen and the organization have thrived. United Way’s MISSION UNITED initiative, which assists local veterans and their families as they re-acclimate to civilian life, was recognized internationally as one of three United Way Worldwide Common Good Award winners among the more than 1,800 United Ways across the world. In recognition of her leadership, Kathleen was named one of South Florida Business Journal’s 2014 Influential Business Women, 2014 March of Dimes Women of Distinction and was recognized as one of the 100 Outstanding Women in Broward County by both Lifestyle Magazine and the Boys and Girls Club.

Kathleen has been in executive leadership for more than 15 years. Her philosophy is to lead with intention, purpose and to be strategic and goal oriented. She feels motivating and inspiring others to excellence starts with a profound sense of integrity and a positive regard for all stakeholders. Kathleen believes it is important to outline clear expectations which facilitate the accomplishments of desired outcomes. Her experience as a direct service provider and administrator is invaluable in running a well-rounded community organization. These attributes combined with her excellent visionary abilities and sharp business acumen makes her a motivating leader.   Kathleen has committed her career to serving the non-profit sector and to making a difference in the lives of people in Broward County through providing exemplary services, sound fiscal practices, robust fundraising abilities, facilitating, collaborating and influencing policy changes to the system of care.

Career Highlights

  • President/CEO of United Way of Broward County
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Leadership Broward – Class XX
  • Fort Lauderdale Executives’ Association
  • Board of Director – Ft. Lauderdale Chamber
  • Broward County Non-Profit Chamber
  • United Way of Florida Board of Directors
  • Council of Economic Advisors (CEA) Board of Directors
  • Lauderdale Alliance
  • Vistage Member