President and Chief Executive Officer
Steven S. Kast is the President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of the Virginia Peninsula. United Way of the Virginia Peninsula is a 501-c-3 that has served the Peninsula community for over 75 years. The organization brings people together from all over the community-government, business, faith groups, other non-profits and citizens to identify and tackle our most serious problems. To accomplish this, United Way builds partnerships with other funders, municipalities, and community organizations.
As of April 15, 2016, Steve Kast ended his remarkable 32-year career with Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula, Steve helped the organization grow from a single Club serving 250 boys to the premier youth development organization in the community, serving over 9,000 boys and girls ages 6-18 at 25 Club sites. The footprint on the Peninsula is large, spanning the cities of Newport News, Hampton and Williamsburg, and the counties of York, Gloucester and Mathews, and on the Southside in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Franklin and Eastern Shore. Steve was the fourth Executive Director in the 70-year history of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula. Steve was a designated field consultant for Boys & Girls Clubs of America and in that capacity traveled to assist Boys & Girls Club organizations across the country. He was also the founding President and served as President of the Virginia Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs where he led the effort to raise private and public dollars for Clubs across the state. In 2015, due to a management agreement, he became the President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia.
Steve was honored in 2003 as a distinguished member of the Academy of Boys & Girls Club Professionals. In 2005, Steve received the “Sykes Award for Professional Excellence” at the Southeast Boys & Girls Club Leadership Conference and was awarded National Boys & Girls Clubs Contribution to the Profession Award in 2012. Steve has also been honored as the recipient of the National Cable Association “National Leaders in Learning Award”. He was the recipient of the Humanitarian Award by the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities and also received the “Local Hero Award” by Bank of America. Steve is a graduate of the Boys & Girls Club Leadership University School of Executive Leadership through the University of Michigan Ross Business School and is a graduate of the Thomas Garth Executive Leadership Program.
Steve is a native of Giles County, Virginia, and has lived on the Peninsula for 35 years. He is married to Alyson with three stepchildren Julia, Mason, and Libby (CNU Class of ‘23). He graduated with honors in 1987 from Christopher Newport University and serves as a member of the Christopher Newport Education Foundation, Alumni Society Board of Directors and the Virginia Complete Count Commission. He was inducted into the Christopher Newport University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010 and was honored as a Top 50 Distinguished Alumni. In 2015, he was elected to Christopher Newport University’s Board of Visitors. Steve is leading Community Captains, which will enable economically disadvantaged Newport News Public School students to attend CNU.
Associations or Boards
Christopher Newport University Alumni Board –Senior Designated Board of Visitors’ Representative
Christopher Newport University’s Board of Visitors
Virginia Complete Count Commission
Graduate CIVIC Leadership Institute
Peninsula School for Autism Board Member
Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Board Member