United Way announces Angie Prather as new Chief Community Engagement Officer

WICHITA, Kan., Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021 — United Way of the Plains is pleased to announce it has selected Angie Prather as its new Vice President of Marketing and Chief Community Engagement Officer.

Prather is well known throughout the community given her distinguished career in crafting best in class strategic marketing and communication initiatives in the manufacturing, transportation, healthcare and nonprofit sectors. She most recently served as the Vice President of Marketing and Communications at the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce.

“Angie will be a wonderful addition to the United Way team we are building in support of the people of our region,” said Pete Najera, United Way of the Plains President and CEO. “She is mission focused, purpose driven, and selfless when it comes to helping others. She is one of those rare executives that makes those around her better, and we are excited to have her expertise and passion for our community at the United Way.”

During her tenure at the chamber, Prather led a grassroots resurgence of civic pride centered around the Wichita flag. Since 2016, the annual #WichitaFlag summer travel contest has brought in photo submissions of the flag from around the world. In 2018, she spearheaded the organization’s rebranding effort. Most recently, she helped launch the Wichita Chamber Business Accelerator, a weekly podcast devoted to supporting and learning from area business owners.

Prather’s work has been awarded top honors from the Wichita American Marketing Association, Kansas chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and National Federation of Press Women. In 2019, she was named the Kansas Communicator of Achievement, the highest honor bestowed by the Kansas Professional Communicators. The award reflects the honoree’s community involvement and participation in the organization at a local, state and national level.

In this newly developed role, Prather will lead the efforts to tell the powerful story of United Way to advance the common good for all. She will also be responsible for engaging with other nonprofits, business, government, and the 750,000 citizens of surrounding counties to strengthen relationships, build bridges and create partnerships.

“For nearly 100 years, United Way has been helping to create positive, lasting change for the people of south central Kansas in the areas of health, education and financial stability,” said Prather. “I’m excited to join this team of passionate employees driven to achieve something larger than themselves in helping others. I believe in the caring power of this community, and look forward to working with my new teammates who are so dedicated to ensuring that our region is a place where every individual is valued and can achieve their human potential.”

Prather will assume her new role on March 3. She is a graduate of Wichita State University.


MEDIA CONTACT: Kindra Goertzen, Creative Manager, United Way of the Plains, (316) 267-1321, kgoertzen@unitedwayplains.org


Published On: February 16, 2021


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