Young Leaders’ Society

Young Leaders’ Society is for professionals who are passionate about community involvement. Our members bring more than energy and professional stature: they are leaders with a vision for their future and our community.

Full of enthusiasm and energy, they know that collectively they can drive great community change. Young Leaders’ Society fosters the participation, commitment and growth of philanthropic-focused professionals in furthering the mission of United Way Suncoast with a special focus on adult financial stability issues.

Come together with like-minded individuals to make a positive impact through volunteerism, advocacy, and philanthropy while developing community leadership skills.

Young Leaders’ Society offers opportunities to:

Attend exclusive professional networking and professional development events with business and community leaders.

Volunteer on community projects and activities supporting United Way Suncoast programs and partners, while learning about key issues impacting our community.

Attend exclusive Young Leaders’ Society social events, and increase your personal and professional contacts.

YLS 2021 Leadership

Kiana Romeo, Chair

Kiana is a resourceful, innovative business professional with over 12 years strategic planning and technology project management within both the public and private sectors.  As Government Affairs Manager for SHI International Corp, she leads national, state and local technology acquisition programs.  She also facilitates culturally competent learning and development programs with Inclusivity LLC. 

Kiana is an active United Way volunteer with a passion for mentoring and engaging young professionals. She serves on the United Way Young Leaders’ Society Steering Committee and Women United. She is a strong advocate of community empowerment and implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion to ensure everyone in Tampa Bay receives the support they need to thrive.

Matt Walker, Vice Chair

Matt joined Thomas Howell Ferguson in January 2013 and has over eight years of public accounting experience, providing assurance and accounting services. Matt serves as an engagement Manager, which includes assuming the responsibility of planning, completing and supervising several ongoing engagements. These engagements include clients in the insurance, not-for-profit, and commercial industries

He has served in a variety of volunteer roles with United Way Way Suncoast including as a Loaned Executive, Employee Campaign Coordinator and on the Young Leaders’ Society Steering Committee.

How We Can Help You Grow


YLS is a leadership society of donors who invest $500 or more annually in United Way Suncoast to fund education and financial stability initiatives to ensure every person in our community has the opportunity to achieve their full potential.