A Conversation With Tony Maione

Tony Maione, President & CEO at United Way of Rhode Island


Anthony Maione become President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of Rhode Island in January 2005.

Maione joined UWRI in May 2003 as Executive Vice President for Resource Development and Strategic Planning. He was named COO in May 2004 as part of the transition to succeed Dennis Murphy as President.

Maione played a lead role in UWRI’s transformation to an impact focused approach in its community work. Under his leadership, the organization hosted two successful community summits in 2004 that drew over 800 Rhode Islanders from across the spectrum and defined the key human service issues facing the community. Three follow-up Impact Groups refined that work based on direction from UWRI’s Board of Directors. This January, United Way awarded $9 million in grants to 63 agencies in the areas of Children, Youth and Families, Helping People in Crisis and Building Adult and Neighborhood Independence.

Under Maione’s leadership, United Way is also taking a more active role in finding solutions to crucial human care issues the community faces. For example, United Way recently joined with the Rhode Island Foundation to provide funds to help the Housing Resources Commission develop a five-year housing plan for the State.

Before joining United Way, Maione served as Executive Director of the Rhode Island region of the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ). Under his leadership, the Rhode Island and southeast New England region of NCCJ received the national President’s Excellence Award in 2000 for developing program initiatives that created real change in the community.

His work on public policy issues while at NCCJ led to the passage of the Rhode Island Hate Crime statute and the Traffic Stops Statistics Act that made Rhode Island the first state in the country to mandate the study of racial profiling by all police departments. He was appointed by the Attorney General to the Commission overseeing the study.

Before joining NCCJ, he was Executive Director of the Samaritans in Rhode Island and headed a chapter of the Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC) in Connecticut.

Maione received an Honorary Doctorate from Rhode Island College in 2005 and holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island and has been a member of the adjunct faculty at Bryant College, teaching business strategy, and Providence College, where he taught leadership.

He is the 1997 recipient of the Charles B. Willard Community Service Award from Rhode Island College, where he received his BA in 1975. He was named a “Point of Light” by the Bush Administration in 1989 for his work as Director of the Samaritans suicide prevention program.