Alison Anthony Named Chief Operating Officer at United Way




The Tulsa Area United Way has named Alison Anthony as its new Chief Operating Officer.

Anthony presently serves as President of the Williams Foundation and Director of Strategic Outreach at Williams, where she has served in various leadership roles since 1999. She will begin her work at the local United Way on Aug. 24.

Her areas of specialty include public affairs, advocacy, human resources, philanthropic and foundation management, strategic planning and business development.

As Chief Operating Officer at the Tulsa Area United Way, she will share management of overall operations with the President and CEO. She will provide strategic leadership for the organization, interface with its Board of Directors, and lend oversight to its executive leadership team. She will work with the President and CEO to advance relationships with major donors, foundations, and CEOs in the Tulsa area.

“Alison’s background and credentials make her the ideal choice to provide strategic leadership for the Tulsa Area United Way, expand its reach into the community, and drive future innovation in resource development and community impact,” said Mark Graham, President and CEO of the Tulsa Area United Way.

As President of the Williams Foundation, she serves as its Chief Executive Officer, working with the Foundation Board of Directors and managing contributions to the many communities touched by Williams.

As Director of Strategic Outreach, she leads a national team of public affairs professionals who leverage employee volunteerism, manage regional charitable giving, and engage external stakeholders, including public officials, environmental advocacy groups, and non-profit organizations, to support business success at Williams.

Previously, Anthony served as Director of Community Relations and Diversity, Director of Employee Relations, and Senior Organizational Effectiveness Consultant at Williams.

Last year, she chaired the Tulsa Area United Way’s Strategic Planning Initiative, which resulted in a comprehensive strategic plan, providing guidance to the local United Way through 2020.

“I am thrilled to join the Tulsa Area United Way team. As a volunteer for many years, I have been so impressed with the caliber and dedication of leadership in our city. Waking up every day committed to improving Tulsans’ health, the education outcomes of our young people, and the prosperity of our citizens is a great privilege and honor,” Anthony said.

Anthony has served on the Board of Directors for numerous organizations in the Tulsa area, including the Tulsa Area United Way, Tulsa Community Foundation, Community Action Project (CAP – Tulsa), Community Service Council, Teach for America, Impact Tulsa, Leadership Oklahoma, Tulsa Ballet, Oklahoma Arts Institute, and more.

Her long history of community service includes fundraising for organizations such as Oklahomans for Equality, Street School, Indian Health Care Resource Center and others.

This year, she will receive the Vision in Education Award from the Tulsa Community College Foundation for her many years of support for education.

She has received numerous honors and awards through the years for her work in philanthropy and community enrichment.

In 2015, she was named Newsmaker of the Year by the Association for Women in Communications. In 2014, she was honored, along with her husband, Mark Wilson, with the Spirit of Philanthropy Award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. And, she was named one of 50 women making a difference in Oklahoma in 2010, 2012, and 2013.

She received master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Oklahoma State University and has completed several leadership training programs, including the Harvard Talent Pipeline Development Program, University of Tulsa Mini-MBA, and senior human resources professional certification from the Society of Human Resources Management.

She also is a member of several professional organizations including the United Way Women’s Leadership Council, Association of Women in Communications, and Leadership Oklahoma, among others.



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