United Way of Tarrant County announces Riz Chand as new board chair

Riz Chand

The United Way of Tarrant County announced Riz Chand as the new Chairman of the Board on Thursday, Jan. 25. Chand’s term will begin immediately and will run through June 30, which is the end of the organization’s fiscal year.

Chand replaces Kevin Buehler, who stepped down for personal reasons, according to a news release. The board voted on Chand’s nomination Tuesday, Jan. 23, during a special board of directors meeting.

“I am pleased to be able to support the great work the United Way of Tarrant County does in serving this community,” Chand said in the release. “The organization is an important provider of leadership and resources when it comes to solving many of Tarrant County’s toughest social issues.”

Chand, who also serves as the Chief Human Resources Officer for BNSF Railway, joined the United Way of Tarrant County Board of Directors in 2016, and in his tenure has served on multiple committees including the Compensation and Benefits Committee and the Executive Committee.

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As chair, Chand will work with United Way of Tarrant County’s executive team on the implementation of its strategic plan, which includes conducting a Community Needs Assessment to determine the most pressing social issues for Tarrant County.

“We look at the resources available through public philanthropy as investments in our diverse communities, and we are excited about what this will produce with Riz at the helm.” TD Smyers, President and CEO of United Way of Tarrant County, said in the release. “I look forward to working with him closely to guide our work into a bold new future.”