Press Release: Chief Storyteller Hired at United Way of the Desert




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United Way of the Desert Hires Kristen Dolan As Their Chief Storyteller


PALM DESERT – (January 4, 2018) – United Way of the Desert, a nonprofit organization serving the Coachella Valley for over 70 years by fighting for the health, education, and financial stability of every resident, is proud to announce that the hiring of Kristen Dolan as  Chief Storyteller.


“I am honored to have been given the privilege of all this role entails,” said Dolan. “A great story can help transform lives – both those of people looking to get involved and those who need assistance. I’m surrounded by an exceptional team and an unbelievably hopeful community who are already inspiring the stories you’ll soon hear. I couldn’t be happier to join such an incredible organization and I’m very much looking forward to my future here.”


As Chief Storyteller for United Way of the Desert, Kristen will assume responsibility for creating impactful content across all platforms. In addition, Ms. Dolan will be tasked with increasing the organization’s visibility throughout the Coachella Valley – conveying the resources available to the community, the history of United Way of the Desert’s work, and the impact the organization has on the entire valley. 


“United Way of the Desert is fortunate to have Kristen’s talents and transformative skillset,” explained Kristal Granados, United Way’s Executive Director. “She is a gifted storyteller whose passion and dedication to our valley’s residents and neighbors is boundless. We are excited for the community to hear our United Way story come to life through Kristen’s creative mindset and her ability to tell compelling truths about the impact of our work in the Coachella Valley.”


Though her most recent title was Anti-Human Trafficking Director, most of Dolan’s career was spent in the communications field in various capacities. She spent over 13 years in the radio and news industries in several states across the country before transitioning into the nonprofit sector in 2013. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Nova Southeastern University and a Nonprofit Management Certificate from University of California Riverside – Palm Desert.