Leigh Toner and Chris Capossela will lead United Way King County’s fundraising campaign. (Microsoft Photo)
Microsoft Chief Marketing Officer Chris Capossela and his wife Leigh Toner will lead the United Way King County’s fundraising campaign this year to raise money to help alleviate homelessness issues and bolster education programs.
Capossela joins a distinguished list of Microsoft executives to lead the fundraising drive for United Way in the Seattle area. Jeff Raikes, the former head of Microsoft Office and ex-Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation CEO, and Tricia Raikes, a former marketing director at Microsoft, did it in 2006-2007. Current Microsoft President Brad Smith and his wife, attorney Kathy Surace-Smith, took the reins for the 2010-2011 campaign.
“I’m honored to carry on a proud company tradition of supporting one of the region’s most important nonprofits,” Capossela said. “As a company, Microsoft stands with people experiencing homelessness and other forms of displacement, including refugees. United Way of King County’s efforts are very much in line with our work in those areas. But beyond that, I think there’s tremendous opportunity to introduce United Way to a new generation of Microsoft employees — as well as to tech employees across the region.”
Capossela said more than 1,300 Microsoft workers …read more