Brian Hassett - Nonprofit Leadership and Consulting Professional
Brian T. Hassett has been President and CEO of the United Way of the Metropolitan Nashville since January 2018. Brian has 33 years of non-profit experience with 26 years as a CEO. His career has focused on strategic planning, marketing and fundraising at several United Ways and other human service organizations.
Brian began his career in public service, serving in a number of local state and federal government positions. He began his United Way career with United Way Worldwide serving in Rochester, New York, Fort Worth, Texas and Erie, Pennsylvania before advancing through a number of fundraising and marketing posts in Cleveland, Ohio and Richmond, Virginia.
In 1990, Hassett was named President and CEO of the United Way of Central Massachusetts in Worcester, Massachusetts and in 1995 was named President and CEO of the Valley of the Sun United Way in Phoenix, Arizona. During his seven year tenure in Phoenix, United Way revenue grew over 85 percent to $48 million. In 2001, he was named President and CEO of United Way of Metropolitan Chicago and helped lead a team effort to consolidate the regions 52 United Way organizations and achieve the fundraising goal of $96 million.
Brian helped to create United eWay, an Arizona based nonprofit collaborative of 8o local United Ways. This became the industry standard pledge capture and processing system that is now known as Truist Corporation.
Brian has also served as the President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona where his organization served over 2400 children. While with Big Brothers Big Sisters he created GuitarMania, a public art project chaired by rock star Alice Cooper. This event featured 100, ten foot tall, Fender Stratocaster Guitars as public art. The project generated over $1,000,000 in revenue for Big Brothers Big Sisters and included art by Eddie Van Halen, Billy Preston, Nils Lofgren, Stevie Nicks, Green Day, Steve Nash, Wayne Gretsky, U.S. Senator John McCain and many others. Brian created a licensing arrangement with Fender Musical Instruments and Westland Giftware that resulted in miniature versions of the guitars being sold across the United States in Hallmark Gift stores.
From 2011 to 2017, Brian was President and CEO of the United Way of the Greater Capital Region in Albany, New York. In 2013, United Way of the Greater Capital Region was named “Nonprofit of the Year’ by the Business review of the Greater Capital District. Brian also received the “Community Impact Award” from the Albany Boys and Girls Clubs in 2016.
Brian earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Niagara University and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Rhode Island. Brian finds time to still play basketball. An avid runner, he is working on running his second marathon.