CLEVELAND: United Way of Greater Cleveland and the Board of Trustees of United Way of Medina County today announced Interim Director Maria Burk has been appointed Director of Community Engagement to advance partnerships, identify philanthropic investments and coordinate community-wide solutions to improve the lives of individuals living within Medina County.

United Way of Greater Cleveland works closely with United Way of Medina County to address the ongoing needs of Medina County residents, optimizing the collective resources within Cuyahoga and Medina Counties to make a more impactful difference in each community—with all funds raised in Medina County staying in Medina County.

Burk has worked with United Way of Medina County since 2013 and most recently served as Interim Director. In her role, Burk will continue to work alongside the United Way of Medina County Board of Directors and United Way of Greater Cleveland’s leadership team to advance the organization’s strategic regional partnerships across the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

“Maria’s leadership is key to United Way of Medina County’s continued success in this community,” said Nick Hanek, Board Chair of United Way of Medina County. “She understands the needs in Medina County and, working closely with United Way of Greater Cleveland and United Way of Medina County’s Board, will create a better future for families living throughout Medina County.”

“I’m honored to accept this role and continue the important work of United Way within Medina County.  Ensuring our children and youth have access to services and programs will remain a focus for the next several years.” said Burk.

Burk reports to Helen Forbes Fields, Executive Vice President of Regional Initiatives and General Counsel at United Way of Greater Cleveland.

“Maria has a valuable perspective that enriches our regional partnership,” said Forbes Fields. “I’ve enjoyed working with her for the past few years to advance our mission. Now, I look forward to continuing to partner with her to strengthen our partnership for the good of every person we serve.”

Burk earned a master’s degree in Nonprofit Administration from North Park University and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology at Purdue Calumet University.


Founded in 1913, United Way of Greater Cleveland is a local, independent nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting poverty across the Greater Cleveland area. The largest private-sector investor of health and human services, United Way invests in efforts that address poverty using a two-pronged approach. The first prong focuses on the daily issues affecting those living in poverty, the Community Hub for Basic Needs. The second drives research and innovation through the Impact Institute, a think tank with an action plan, focused on identifying long-term solutions to break the cycle of poverty. For more information, visit www.unitedwaycleveland.org.