Alison Anthony has been involved in community service and philanthropy most of her life, but her heart has always been with the United Way.
“I really do think of this new role as a calling,” she says. “And I answer that call with joy, knowing I will wake up each day focused on serving the people of our community.”
Alison Anthony will become the next President and CEO of the Tulsa Area United Way when Mark Graham retires on April 1. She was named Chief Operating Officer in August 2017.
“Mark is a treasure in this community and I am so grateful for his generous guidance and mentorship over these past months. What a legacy of impact and excellence he leaves. And I take the responsibility to honor and continue that legacy very seriously.”
Previously, Anthony served as President of the Williams Foundation and Director of Strategic Outreach at Williams. She also led efforts in diversity, employee relations, leadership development, and organizational effectiveness at Williams.
Anthony is no stranger to the local United Way or the Tulsa community. She has served in numerous roles for the United Way – as a member of its Board of Directors and Campaign Cabinet, a founding member and former Chair of its Women’s Leadership Council, and Chair of the 2020 Strategic Planning Initiative, among many others.
“Making a positive impact for the people in her community has always motivated Alison to work tirelessly,” said Mark Graham.
She has served on the boards of countless non-profit organizations in the Tulsa area and state, including the Tulsa Community Foundation, Community Action Project, Community Service Council and more.
Anthony received master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Oklahoma State University and has completed several leadership training programs, including the Harvard University Talent Pipeline Development Program and senior human resources professional certification from the Society of Human Resources Management.
She is married to Mark Wilson and they have five grown children.