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An Interview with Michael Johnston, CEO of the Unted Way in Connecticut

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Michael Johnston joined United Way of Western Connecticut as CEO in December 2008. He previously worked for 20 years in financial services, most recently serving as chief financial and chief operating officer for several innovative, early-stage venture-capital backed companies involved in e-commerce. Additionally, he worked for GE Capital in New York and Stamford, CT. Prior to joining GE, Michael worked for several Wall Street firms and began his career working as an economic analyst for the Department of City Planning for the City of New York. Michael has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations and led a multi-million dollar capital campaign for a religious institution. Michael currently serves on the advisory board for Drew University's Center for Civic Engagement and has volunteer experiences with local soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and mentoring programs. He is also a certified companion for the terminally ill through the Doula to Accompany and Comfort Program. Michael holds an MBA and a Master of Urban Planning from New York University, and a BA in Political Science from Drew University. He lives in Wilton with his wife Corinne and daughter Andrea.