Cape and Islands United Way Announces New CEO

CENTERVILLE – The Cape and Islands United Way has tapped a local marketing executive, journalist and community leader as its new President and CEO.

The organization which partners with several non-profits, donors, and volunteers to improve lives and build stronger communities on the Cape and Islands has named Mark Skala to the leadership position.

The Hyannis resident most recently served as the vice president at Lighthouse Media Solutions and has long been an advocate for many nonprofits serving on boards and committees.

Skala said he was pleased and excited to accept the position.

“I really wanted to be able to devote more time to helping lead social change in the region,” Skala said.

Skala wasn’t originally looking for a new position, but he was approached by a few people about the United Way opening.

“The more I looked into it the more I realized that this was a place that I wanted to be,” he said.

Currently the United Way is supporting almost 40 local oranizations with community investment grants.

“There are so many impactful programs that the United Way is involved in,” Skala said. “It is in a very unique position because it’s trying to look at a holistic approach to critical issues on Cape Cod.”

Skala said the organization has an important role in the community and that he understands that role and hopes to be a steward in helping that effort.

Skala officially begins his new role with the organization on September 24 and does not believe there will be any major changes.

“I’m confident in the work that the United Way is currently doing,” he said.

The organization’s board chair Todd Machnik says Mark stood above a large pool of highly-qualified candidates and that he is a proven leader.

“We are especially pleased that Mark is a long-time Cape resident, and is passionate about his commitment to the area,” said Donna Morris, a current board member and former board chair. “He understands both what make our communities special, and what unique challenges we face.”

Skala said Cape Cod is a unique place.

“You have to live it and breathe it to understand the nuances and the challenges that we face on the Cape,” he said. “I’m delighted that my background can serve the United Way in this capacity.”

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