Josie Beets

Senior Vice President of Advancement | Washington, D.C.

As Senior Vice President of Advancement, Josie works closely with the Chief Executive Officer and the Board of Trustees to integrate communications and fundraising to support United Through Reading’s mission delivery. She leads a team of development and communications professionals who together provide program support through alliance strategies, marketing and campaigns, special events, gift development, and donor stewardship.

Josie has more than 12 years of experience in the nonprofit and public sectors. Before joining the staff, she served UTR in a different role, as Vice Chair of the United Through Reading Board of Trustees. Josie comes to UTR from SAFE Project, where she served as Senior Director of SAFE Communities, leading the organization’s signature national initiative to end the addiction epidemic, community by community. She previously managed the President’s Management Council, which advises the White House and Office of Management and Budget on government-wide management policy. Josie also previously served as the Public Policy Director for the Tennessee Bar Association.

Josie is an attorney, an Army spouse, and mom to two insatiable readers. In 2013, Josie discovered United Through Reading when her spouse was deployed to Afghanistan. Since then, her family has used UTR to stay connected through deployments and other military-related separations.

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