Allison Warren-Barbour, president and CEO of United Way of Snohomish County, is leaving the agency and taking a position with Premera Blue Cross. (Dan Bates/Herald file)

Allison Warren-Barbour, president and CEO of United Way of Snohomish County, is leaving the agency and taking a position with Premera Blue Cross. (Dan Bates/Herald file)

United Way leader leaving after 3 years at agency’s helm

Allison Warren-Barbour focused on family poverty. She’ll soon take a position with Premera Blue Cross.

Allison Warren-Barbour, president and CEO of United Way of Snohomish County since 2017, is leaving the agency next month and will take a position with Premera Blue Cross.

In a letter Tuesday to her agency’s Human Services Executive Council, Warren-Barbour wrote that her last day with United Way will be May 19.

Lark Kesterke, United Way of Snohomish County’s director of impact and investment, will become interim CEO of the agency “until the board has an opportunity to develop a more long-term plan,” Warren-Barbour wrote. “I have accepted a Vice President of Human Resources role at Premera Blue Cross,” she added. The not-for-profit health plan provider is based in Mountlake Terrace.

Lark Kesterke, United Way of Snohomish County director of impact and investment, will assume an interim CEO role.

Lark Kesterke, United Way of Snohomish County director of impact and investment, will assume an interim CEO role.

Warren-Barbour took the helm of the local United Way on Jan. 1, 2017, after the retirement of Dennis Smith. She came to the agency from United Way of Greater Triangle in North Carolina. During her tenure with United Way here, she has focused on creating partnerships in an effort to alleviate poverty among families with young children.

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