Deborah Bayle serves as President and CEO of United Way of Salt Lake (UWSL), where she has been a catalyst for positive change since September, 1999. She led UWSL through a dramatic, ten-year transformation of its business model. The organization has adopted a unique approach to community problem-solving called Collective Impact. UWSL has made a promise to our community to Change the Odds, so that all children and families, regardless of their circumstances, have the same chance to succeed in school and in life.

UWSL was recently recognized by United Way Worldwide with the Common Good Award for Innovation, and was selected from among 1,800 affiliates worldwide to receive this prestigious honor. UWSL has been identified as one of only 40 local United Ways nationwide to rank in the highest category of United Way Worldwide’s Business Performance Matrix, which rates United Ways on their demonstrated leadership, engagement of stakeholders, and development and implementation of successful Collective Impact strategies.

Deborah has devoted much of her life to strengthening our community and making it a better place for all of us to live.   

She is a native of Ogden, Utah and is an alumnus of Weber State University.

Prior to her appointment as President and CEO of UWSL, she served as CEO for the Greater Salt Lake Area Chapter of the American Red Cross for three years.  From 1976 to 1996, she was on the staff of the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, where she worked her way up to Chief Operating Officer.

Deborah is very active in community affairs. She currently serves as a member of the Governor’s Education Excellence Commission, the Founding Council and Executive Committee of Prosperity 2020, the Utah Women and Education Initiative, and the State Council of Workforce Services/State Workforce Investment Board. She is a trustee of The Mark and Kathie Miller Foundation, and a member of the Boards of Directors of St. Mark’s Hospital and People’s Utah Bancorp. She is very active with United Way at the national level and is a member of the National Professional Council, the High-Performing Board Initiative and the Membership Accountability Committee for United Way Worldwide.  She is also a member of the Utah Women’s Forum and the International Women’s Forum. She is a member of the Board, Executive Committee, Women’s Leadership Council and Tocqueville Society of UWSL.  

Deborah is a recognized expert on leadership, management, change management, accountability, social issues, women’s issues and the nonprofit sector. She is a frequent guest lecturer at Utah’s colleges and universities and is a keynote presenter at many conferences, seminars and trainings.

Deborah has served as a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Salt Lake City Branch. She is also the past chair of the Utah Nonprofits Association, Ballet West Ambassadors, Junior Achievement of Utah, Utah Women’s Forum and International Women’s Forum – Utah Chapter. 

Deborah has been recognized through many awards and publications. The most recent include:

  • Enlightened 50 (E50), The Community Foundation of Utah, 2011, 2012 and 2014

  • Making of a Better United Way for S. L., Deseret News – December, 2013

  • Outstanding Nonprofit Executive, Utah Philanthropy Day, November, 2013

  • A Celebration of Utah’s Women, Zions Bank, November, 2013

  • 100 Most Influential People, Utah Business Magazine, 2004, 2007 and 2011 (Each year recognition has been given)

  • Titan Award, Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce, October, 2010

  • Outstanding Achievement Award, YWCA, September, 2010

  • CEO Spotlight, Utah CEO Magazine, March, 2010

  • Trailblazer Award, Utah Business Magazine, May, 2009

  • 30 Women to Watch, Utah Business Magazine, April, 2006

  • Nonprofit Executive of the Year, National Association of Women Business Owners, June, 2005

  • Business Insight, Salt Lake Tribune, October, 2004

  • Communicator of the Year Award, International Association of Business Communicators/Public Relations Society of America -  November, 2003

  • Chamber Champion Award, Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce – September, 2003

  • The State of Generosity, The Chronicle of Philanthropy – May, 2003

  • People Profile, Utah Business Magazine – September, 2002

  • Power People Profile, Salt Lake Magazine - March/April, 2000

  • Utah People Executive Living Profile, Utah Business Magazine - April, 1999

  • Athena Businesswoman of the Year Award, First Security Bank/Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce - November, 1998

Deborah has two beautiful children and two gorgeous grandchildren and lives in Holladay, Utah.