United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey has named Bill Golderer, pastor of Arch Street Presbyterian Church and founder of Broad Street Ministry, its new president and chief executive, according to a statement released Wednesday.
Golderer, who has a background in helping the homeless at Broad Street Ministry, is joining the United Way as the organization adopts a new focus on ending intergenerational poverty in a bid to deepen its impact on the region.
"I took on this role because poverty looms as one of our greatest challenges — it traps our families and limits our entire region's potential," Golderer said in a news release. "It's time to stop families from passing on poverty through generations and provide opportunities for our youth and families to thrive."
Golderer succeeds Jim Cawley, who resigned in August to take a job at Temple University.
"We are excited to have Bill as our next CEO," said J. Gordon Cooney Jr., chairman of United Way's regional board and leader of the global litigation practice at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. "He brings a remarkable combination of passion for elevating the condition of our city and region, experience and innovation in the communities we serve, and credibility among existing and potential donors who want to invest in our mission."
In addition to his service to the needy, Golderer has tried his hand at politics, most recently competing in the 2016 Democratic primary for a chance to take on U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan. He lost to Mary Ellen Balchunis.
Golderer also cofounded Rooster Soup Co., a freestanding restaurant that creates jobs and donates profits to provide support and services for vulnerable Philadelphians.