United Way CEO Kevin Bailey

POCATELLO — United Way of Southeastern Idaho has a new CEO.

Kevin Bailey, who comes to Pocatello from Omaha, Nebraska, began serving in the position on Feb. 4. He replaces Margaret Ganyo, who resigned earlier this year. She is still working with the organization, but is now managing a StriveTogether grant focused on improving early learning outcomes, Bailey said.

As the new CEO, Bailey has enjoyed visiting with corporate partners and government and education leaders over the last month. He’s also been able to learn more about local nonprofits.

“It’s amazing to see the work they’re doing and the dedication and passion they have for improving the community they live in,” Bailey said.

He’s looking forward to assisting such organizations in their efforts in the future.

While Bailey is new to his post, he comes with a lot of experience.

In Nebraska, he directed federal grant programs aimed at providing college access for first-generation students. He also led programs, which received funds from the United Way of Omaha, related to financial stability for adults, according to his bio at www.unitedwaysei.org.

Bailey said he’s been interested in United Way, which has the power to affect the whole community, not just a particular program, for a while.

United Way is the backbone of the nonprofit sector, he said. It identifies needs in the community and then helps organizations align behind those needs, especially when it comes to improving health, education and financial stability.