United Way of Central Oklahoma Announces New President and CEO: Rachel Canuso Holt

The United Way of Central Oklahoma is pleased to announce the appointment of Rachel Canuso Holt as its new President and CEO. The decision was announced during today’s board meeting, where Board Chairman Shane Wharton shared the news.

Holt will become the 13th person to lead the United Way of Central Oklahoma in its 100-year history on November 1, 2023.  She replaces Debby Hampton who announced her retirement from that position after 13 years.

Shane expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “I am thrilled that Rachel has accepted the position as the next United Way CEO. She has my utmost confidence in her ability to lead United Way to fulfill its mission of serving the community of central Oklahoma.”

Upon her appointment, Rachel shared her thoughts: “I am honored by the Nominating Committee and Board’s selection of me as the next President and CEO of the United Way of Central Oklahoma. In my 11 years of state service in juvenile justice, I know the importance of strong community resources.”

Rachel is familiar with many of the 70-plus Partner Agencies in Oklahoma, Canadian and Logan counties and expressed her eagerness to jump in and learn more about each of them and how the United Way can continue to support their critical work. She stated, “I believe this role continues my life’s work of improving the wellbeing of children and families.”

Rachel expressed her admiration for her predecessor, Debby Hampton, saying, “I have long admired Debby Hampton’s service in this role, and I look forward to working with her, our dedicated staff, and our dynamic and committed Board for a smooth transition and strong future.”

Holt is a 2007 graduate of the Oklahoma University College of Law and currently serves as Executive Director of Juvenile Affairs for the State of Oklahoma. Her background in law and her dedication to the betterment of her community make her a remarkable choice to lead the United Way of Central Oklahoma into a promising future.