United Community to Search for New Executive Director

United Community to Search for New Executive Director

Alison DeCourcey, President and Chief Executive Officer of United Community, is leaving the organization after more than six years. Her last day at United Community will be June 30, 2023. 

“We wish her the absolute best as she takes time off now to be with her family, and in all her future endeavors,” said Thomas J. Curcio, United Community Board Chair, in a letter to supporters.

“As an organization focused on racial and social equity, with the audacious goal of Ending Multigenerational Poverty, I am inspired by United Community’s deep commitment to our diverse community and prioritizing community voice and leadership in our work,” DeCourcey said in her resignation letter. “At this time, my responsibilities as a mother, daughter and wife call me to step back from my role.”

United Community serves the Mount Vernon area, including the historically most impoverished area of Fairfax County; 86% of United Community clients live in the two zip codes with the highest rates of poverty in Fairfax County. 

DeCourcey elevated the impact that United Community has on the community, building a strong leadership team, according to Curcio. She “guided the organization through the Covid pandemic with agility and resilience as we experienced an extraordinary increase in the need for our services,” Curcio wrote. “We are positioned better than ever to pursue our vision of ending multigenerational poverty.”

Bryant Rice, current chief operating officer, will serve as Interim CEO while the organization conducts a search. A search committee composed of representatives of the Board of Directors, United Community team, and community will begin to look for the best candidate for new CEO.