Erin Budde, Vice President of Strategic Giving and Innovation for the United Way of Greater St. Louis is responsible for developing the tools, process and implementation of new investment and engagement opportunities for donors and volunteers. Prior to her current role, Budde served as Executive Director of stl250, providing organizational leadership to the volunteer-led nonprofit created to plan and execute the 2014 region-wide 250th year celebration of the founding of St. Louis in 1764. She has served as Senior Vice President of Community Affairs at Wells Fargo Advisors, responsible for planning and executing the firm’s nation-wide strategy for charitable giving, volunteerism and community involvement. Budde has extensive experience in the social sector, serving as president of Gateway Center for Giving and helping St. Louis’ grantmaking community to make the most of their philanthropic investments. Her community development experience includes roles as a university researcher, nonprofit executive director, urban planner and fundraising consultant. Budde serves on the boards of FOCUS St. Louis and stl250, has been named on the St. Louis Business Journal’s list of Most Influential St. Louisans and is a graduate of the Leadership St. Louis Class of 2010.