United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) welcomes new chairmen

Alex Koper, New Chair of the Young Leader’s Society Executive Committee, United Way of Santa Barbara County


United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) is pleased to announce Alex Koper as chair of UWSBC’s Young Leader’s Society (YLS) Executive Committee. YLS provides community involvement and personal development opportunities for young professionals.

As chairman, Koper will help plan upcoming events, serve as a spokesperson for the group and assist with the achievement of yearly goals and objectives.

Koper works for Citibank and runs the real estate secured lending group in Southern California. Prior to Citibank, he worked at Bank of America and held leadership positions in Wealth Management, Consumer Bank and Mortgage Businesses. Koper was also a chairperson for the bank’s community volunteer organization, where he logged more than 25,000 annual volunteer hours.

Koper joined YLS in 2011 and UWSBC’s board of directors in August 2014.

George Leis, New Community Campaign Chair, United Way of Santa Barbara County


United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) is pleased to announce George Leis as Chair for UWSBC’s 2015-2016 Community Campaign.  The campaign focuses on raising pledges to create and operate community based partnerships to achieve community driven goals in education, financial stability and health. 

As chairman, Leis will provide leadership, direction and support to the campaign cabinet to ensure success.

Leis is the National Manager for Union Bank’s Private Bank. Prior to becoming the National Manager, Leis was the president of Union Bank’s Central Coast region and served as president & CEO of Pacific Capital Bancorp.

Leis is an active member of the community and is involved with numerous charitable causes and nonprofits including the Union Bank Foundation and the Santa Barbara Zoo. He also serves as a board member for the Santa Barbara Economic Forecast Project, the Santa Barbara Symphony and Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County.

About United Way of Santa Barbara County
United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) has the unique and positive vision that “in our community, everyone has a hopeful future.” Since 1923, UWSBC has served Santa Barbara County community through funding, volunteer development, and by utilizing its own unique initiatives that involve dozens of local, public, private and non-profit agencies. UWSBC’s local community driven Power of Partnership™ priorities help children, families & seniors with a focus on Education, Income and Health. For more information, please visit http://www.unitedwaysb.org.


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