About Reimagining Our Future
I created Reimagining Our Future as a space for conversations and collaboration on improving ourselves and our surroundings. I believe that we often fall short of living our best lives because we fail to challenge ourselves to stretch personally and professionally, and to dare others to do the same.
This space was created to ensure every person in our region, beginning with the path of children, will thrive. This means committing to every child succeeding, every adult being self sufficient, every family being strong, every older adult being independent, every individual being healthy, and every neighborhood being safe. It starts with believing that every person has potential and sometimes we all need a little help to realize the ultimate purpose for our lives.
I encourage people from every walk of life, from every sector of business, from all 16 counties in our region and nation, to use their imagination to explore and discuss new methods to move the needle on stubborn issues that have plagued our communities for generations. I believe if we don’t do this together, if we don’t inspire each other, we will fall short in mobilizing and harnessing the collective energy that our combined thinking and action can possess.
About Orvin Kimbrough
Orv serves as the president and CEO of United Way of Greater St. Louis. Growing up in the Missouri foster care system and having witnessed tragedies far beyond his years, including drug use, abuse and the death of his mother, Orvin credits his faith, determination and a strong support system in helping him build a career and passion for helping people.
One of his strongest passions now is to help people in the St. Louis region succeed to live their best possible lives. Orv has worked with a number of nonprofits including serving as the executive director for Interfaith Partnership/Faith Beyond Walls prior to joining the fifth largest United Way in the nation. He joined United Way in 2007 and helped grow the organization’s major gifts division at a faster rate than any other giving.
Orv is a frequent speaker and lecturer on issues pertaining to youth, nonprofits and the St. Louis region. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a master’s of business administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a master’s of arts in theology from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis. He also serves on the Board of Governors of Missouri State University, and is a former adjunct instructor at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.