I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve as the 2022-23 Chair for United Way’s LINC (Lead. Impact. Network. Change.) Board. I believe “In and through community lies the salvation of the world.” Through community, our connections with other like minded people, we have the power to impact individual lives and collectively improve outcomes for children and families in Greater Atlanta.

My passion for social justice is rooted in empowering children to achieve beyond the limits set before them. We know that in Atlanta, of the 1.3 Million children in the 13 counties we support, around half a million lack the basic opportunities, exposure, and resources they need to thrive and ultimately achieve success. This year, our Young Professionals are partnering with United Way to promote the Strong Learners initiative to improve educational outcomes for children by expanding early learning opportunities, increasing support outside of school and helping to improve the health and financial stability of families. I appreciate the holistic approach Strong Learners strategies take to combat the challenges in our community as we partner with organizations, engage volunteers, or raise money to increase access to early learning, build reading skills, increase healthcare navigation, secure housing & basic needs, and strengthen family engagement.

Our 2022-23 LINC board is committed to the promise of improving our community. We are eager to take action whether through volunteering time or our philanthropic efforts. I hope as leaders in our community, we inspire and encourage others to join us as we Unite for More. Providing professional development. fun networking opportunities, exciting speakers, and hands-on opportunities to engage with others as we serve.

I look forward to all that there is to accomplish this year. We’ve got the right team in place to make a lasting impact on the city we love.


Latonya Beverly

2022-2023 United Way LINC Chair

We thank each of you for your continued support throughout 2020. Despite all the curveballs 2020 threw at us, LINC was able to continuously support the Atlanta community when it needed us the most. We thank you for your commitment to volunteerism, education, developing the youth of our community, and to our community’s goal for economic stability.

As a membership, we achieved a lot this year. With your help, we contributed to United Way of Greater Atlanta’s success in raising $25 Million for the Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, as well as $1 Million that has been raised for the United for Racial Equity and Healing Fund. We switched from gathering as young professionals in-person for happy hour to coming together at YPL’s and LINC’s virtual socials where I continue to see the creativity of our committees shine as they come up with new experiences and games to share with us. Over the summer, LINC and YPL put together 256 shoeboxes full of toiletries to be distributed to shelters around Atlanta, a benchmark we hope to surpass in 2021.

As the LINC Board, we’ve seen heightened engagement from you all as members. We’ve seen more friendly faces at committee meetings where your ideas have sparked new energy into our monthly planning. Thank you.

2021 will continue to bring us new challenges, but hopefully it will also bring some level of a return to normalcy. In February we will shift our focus to United Way’s Brighter Futures and in April, College & Career Readiness. We look forward to brining you all some awesome virtual events and volunteerism opportunities.

Thank you again from myself and the LINC Board. Happy holidays, and have a fantastic New Year,


Rose Reardon

2020-2021 LINC Atlanta Chair

Want to connect with Rose? Message her at linc@unitedwayatlanta.org

Hello LINC Atlanta! While the world is ever changing around us, this community has continued to prove that it goes above and beyond to support each other in times of uncertainty. We as LINC Atlanta look forward to bringing the same level of leadership, impact, networking, and change as our years past.

Our upcoming year will be filled with monumental change across the nation and in Greater Atlanta. United Way is continuing its steadfast mission to bring the Greater Atlanta community the resources it needs to succeed, including you as LINC members.

Having been a part of LINC for almost four years, I know our Board will continue to bring Atlanta the kindness, activism, and desire to be active and get hands-on. As the 2020-2021 LINC Board Chair, I’m looking forward to our network growing and getting to know each other over the next 12 months. The individuals that comprise our young professional networks continuously challenge perspectives, bring fresh ideas to the table, and deliver on the need to tangibly transform this city we all call home.

In LINC, we look to connect young professionals with each other, the community, and impact opportunities that speak to their purpose. Whether your focus is on growing your professional network, solving needs around the city, or growing as a young voice in a large community, we look forward to lending a helping a hand in all of it. To help you achieve your goals, over the next 12 months we’ll host a number of virtual events, identify both virtual and non-virtual volunteer opportunities, and get to know one another as we all develop both personally and professionally.

Our year will be one to remember and I look forward to working with each of you to brighten our city. I urge you to reach-out with questions, or just to say hi. And while this year will look different than others, I look forward to LINC bringing the same positive energy and attitude it has always had as we kick-off the year.


Rose Reardon

2020-2021 LINC Atlanta Chair

Want to connect with Rose? Message her at linc@unitedwayatlanta.org

LINC Member, Brianna Maye
Brand Partnerships and Sports Marketing
Porsche Cars North America


LINC: Why did you decide to get involved with United Way of Greater Atlanta’s LINC group?
Brianna: As I began thinking about the next steps in my career, I knew I wanted to be a leader in both my role and the community. I wanted to find a way to give back in a way that is both fun and impactful. I heard about United Way and the programs they had to offer from my mentor and after looking into LINC and seeing the awesome work they were doing I was sold!


LINC: What aspect of United Way’s work in the community are you most passionate about supporting?
Brianna: I am most passionate about working with students and helping them prepare for college. I’m not so far removed from those days and I want to support others through that process as well. I’m really excited to share the knowledge and experience I have!


LINC: What is your favorite quote?
Brianna: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou


LINC Member, Maria Torres
Community Relations Specialist
United Parcel Service

Why did you decide to get involved with United Way of Greater Atlanta’s LINC group?
Maria: I decided to get involved with LINC because I met Lauren at a UPS event and she told me so much about it that I had to check it out. The minute she mentioned community impact and being able to meet like-minded individuals, I was hooked. United Way and UPS have had a partnership for decades so I reached out to people who were once a part of LINC and they had nothing but positive things to say about it. I went to one meeting and knew this was something I undoubtedly wanted to be part of.

What aspect of United Way’s work in the community are you most passionate about supporting?
Maria: I am most passionate about supporting their Kid’s Initiative, because kids are my priority when it comes to community impact. The impact that UW has made in just a year has been amazing, and I really want to see it continue, and be a part of it.

What is your favorite quote?
Maria: “Never stop believing in the wild possibility that is you and your impact. Live in purpose. On purpose.”

“It’s an exciting time to live in Greater Atlanta! We are a community that never ceases to go above and beyond to extend support, and we have an exorbitant number of companies promoting their employees to get involved. We want YOU (our members) to show up to make our community a place where everyone can thrive.

It is an exciting time to live in Greater Atlanta, and the United Way is right in the middle of it! Located directly in the heart of Atlanta, United Way’s headquarters is always filled with people committed to serving the needs of our community and works as a conduit for those looking to get involved while having a fun and adventurous time in the process.

As the 2019-2020 Chair of LINC (Lead. Impact. Network. Change.), I can personally attest to the kindness, generosity, and desire to lead that I have witnessed in our members. It has been absolutely marvelous to be immersed in the drive and motivation that LINC members have displayed in their efforts to change the status quo and transform this city into a place where everyone can be proud to live.

There is so much more we can do! And we heard you. You want LINC to be the group that motivates you to volunteer with the causes that are meaningful to you, shares the impact of your generosity, and supports you as you grow as a leader in this city we call home. This year we are giving you asked for: more opportunities to show up!

In this exciting time to live in Greater Atlanta, and the time has never been better to get involved with LINC. I look forward to seeing you all out there.”

– Nick Alvarez