Carlee Alm-LaBar is the President/CEO of the United Way of Acadiana, a position she has held since February 2020.
After a nearly 20-year career primarily in nonprofit and government, she assumed the role on the eve of the COVID-19 disaster. In addition to the work United Way of Acadiana has become known for in the areas of “education, earnings, and essentials” – last year saw United Way rise to the challenge feeding thousands in our communities and once again playing a critical role in disaster relief.
In 2021, she is participating in two national fellowship programs to deeper her knowledge of community change – the Center for Community Investment’s “Toward a Just Recovery” as well as Next City’s longtime Vanguard program for rising community leaders.
Known for her efforts in community engagement in both professional and volunteer roles, Carlee has been active in many community organizations including board roles on organizations including the705, Leadership Institute of Acadiana, Junior League of Lafayette, Parish Proud, The Current, and several others. She helped start the Farmers Market at the Horse Farm (now Moncus Park), led the effort to adopt Lafayette Parish’s first adopted comprehensive plan, led the Fix the Charter effort in 2018, and ran unsuccessfully as an independent candidate for Mayor-President in 2019.
She has won several community awards including the Women Who Mean Business Award, 20 Under 40, and Leadership Lafayette’s distinguished alumna award.
She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northwestern University in Illinois and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from LSU. She is married to Will, and they have a dog Jozy.