Nancy E. Cross, vice president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1, has been honored by United Way of Greater St. Louis with its 2019 Freeman-Kortkamp Award for her years of service in the St. Louis region.
Cross has served on United Way’s board of directors since 2008 and has been on its Executive Committee for a decade. She has also served in many roles with United Way, including as a member of its finance, goal setting and nominating committees and as a mentor for incoming new board members.
“Nancy’s passion for the dedication and impact of workers and the services they provide has been instrumental in improving the lives of individuals and families throughout the St. Louis region,” said Michelle Tucker, United Way president and CEO. “We are pleased to honor Nancy for her leadership and commitment to helping people through her role with SEIU, Local 1 and volunteer work with United Way.”
The Freeman-Kortkamp Award was created to honor the outstanding service and performance of a United Way board member who makes the community a better place to live, work and thrive. The award was first given in 2006 to Robert O. Kortkamp, then secretary-treasurer of the Greater St. Louis Labor Council, and civil right attorney Frankie M. Freeman, two longstanding United Way volunteers who made an incredible impact on the organization and community.
In addition to her work with United Way, Cross currently serves as a board member for Citizens for Modern Transit, a vice president of St. Louis Labor Council, Labor co-chair of Missouri Jobs with Justice and is a member of the SEIU National Racial Justice Committee. Additionally, Cross was previously named to St. Louis Magazine’s Power List and honored with the Jack Lillard Public Service Award from Grass Roots Organizing in 2012 and the Earnest and De Verne Calloway Award from the St. Louis Chapter of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists in 2016.