President and CEO of United Way of Greater St. Louis
Michelle D. Tucker is the President and CEO of United Way of Greater St. Louis which hosts one of the number one annual fundraising campaigns across the country. She joined United Way from Epworth Children and Family Services, an organization focused on vulnerable youth, after serving as their first female and African American CEO in its 154-year history.
Prior to Epworth, Michelle was a Senior Vice President at Bank of America for 20 years providing strategic leadership and oversight to key divisions. She was most recently responsible for the strategy and execution of the company’s multi-million-dollar local grant-making and community impacts in the region.
A native of East Saint Louis, Illinois, Michelle is a certified Six Sigma Greenbelt professional with a B.A. from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and an M.A. from Webster University.
What do you find most inspiring about your city?
I am inspired by the giving and compassionate nature of the people in the St. Louis region. There is also a fast-growing openness across leadership to adopt and champion innovative collaborations and shared strategies to help grow our communities. I am also inspired by the unified efforts of individuals, companies, government agencies and nonprofits recently demonstrated through our community-wide COVID-19 response, and the continued momentum for this with the introduction of the Community Information Exchange (CIE) and the rollout of the STL 2030 Jobs Plan focused on inclusive economic growth over the next decade.