Rosie Allen-Herring is an international expert on public and private partnerships, philanthropy, and business strategy. She currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of the National Capital Area (United Way NCA). Rosie is recognized as a thought leader who demonstrates the ability to convene public-private entities, leverage talent and resources, and create collective impact in communities across the region and beyond.
Rosie has more than 30 years of experience in the areas of corporate finance, strategic leadership, public and private partnerships, corporate philanthropy, and community investment.
Formerly, Rosie was the Managing Director of the Community Investment and Engagement Division at Fannie Mae. Prior to Fannie Mae, she served as the National Regulatory Compliance Manager at the Housing & Community Development. She was also the Senior Deputy Director of the Washington, DC Community Business Center. During her tenure with Fannie Mae, Rosie developed, implemented, and managed key business strategies resulting in investments of more than $2 billion.
Rosie holds key leadership roles with several business and civic organizations, including serving on the Board of Directors for MedStar Health, Inc., Greater Washington Partnership, Greater Washington Board of Trade, WesBanco Mid Atlantic Advisory Board, Board of Trustees at A.T. Still University, Prince George’s Community College Foundation, and several additional organizations. She also served as a board member for Washington’s exploratory Olympic committee, Washington 2024.
She has received numerous awards and honors including: Washingtonian of the Year (2020), HBCU Alumni of the Year Award for Community Involvement (2019), Howard University Charter Day Distinguished Alumni Awardee (2019), The Network Journal’s Top 25 Most Influential Business Leaders (2019), Jack & Jill of America Community Innovator Award (2019), Prince George’s Community College Commencement Speaker (2019), Leadership Greater Washington’s Inaugural Leader of the Years (2018), Washington Business Journal’s Power 100 Leaders (2021, 2019, 2017, 2015, 2014 and 2013), Washington Business Journal CEO of the Year (2017), Prince George’s Community College Foundation’s Partnership Award (2016), Washington Business Journal Minority Business Leader (2015), Hope Awardee for Calvary Women’s Shelter (2015), Brava Top CEO Award (2014), Washingtonian Magazine’s Most Powerful Women (2021, 2019, 2015 and 2013), and Washington Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business Award (2011).
She earned a B.A. in Economics from Howard University, an M.B.A. from Strayer University and was an International Fellow of the United States-Southern Africa Center for Leadership and Public Values at the University of Cape Town (SA) Graduate School of Business and Duke University Graduate School of Public Policy. She is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management Program.
She and her husband, Allan Herring, are proud parents of two daughters (Nala and Leah) and are leaders at the Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in Washington, DC.
Rosie exemplifies a servant-leader philosophy in all she does.