Patricia Nagelkirk – “Patty” – has served as the Director of Community Impact at United Way of Greater Cincinnati since November 2007. This local United Way serves 3 states and 10 counties, raising more than $60M each year and providing shared leadership in regional efforts to meet Bold Goals in Education, Income and Health. Nagelkirk’s position has included oversight and strategic management of $17 million in community impact Education funding intended to prepare children for kindergarten and ensure youth achieve success in school and life. Her responsibilities include: aligning programs and systems, coordinating the development of strategies that promote maximum impact; convening providers and community stakeholders around key issues and facilitating systemic continuous improvement efforts. Current community initiatives utilizing her skills include Cincinnati Public School Community Learning Centers, the City of Cincinnati Youth Commission, the Northern Kentucky Education Council and the Strive Partnership.
Born and raised in southwest Michigan, Ms. Nagelkirk developed professional expertise through leadership and direct service in several private, non-profit organizations. Experience includes program and board development, staff supervision, planning, project management and continuous improvement. Her social work practice included intensive home visitation with families referred by children’s protective services, oversight of partial-day treatment and respite for children with serious emotional impairments, and case management in nursing home and hospital settings. Prior to coming to United Way, she served for seven years as the Associate Executive Director of Family Nurturing Center, a child abuse prevention and treatment agency based in Northern Kentucky.
Nagelkirk holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a specialization in Policy, Planning and Administration from Western Michigan University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Calvin College. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Kentucky. Nagelkirk is a 2002 graduate of Leadership Northern Kentucky and actively engaged in several local volunteer efforts.