Former HUD Secretary Steven C. Preston Selected to Lead the Organization Forward
The Goodwill Industries International (GII) Board of Directors today announced that former HUD Secretary Steven C. Preston will be the organization’s next president and CEO. In January 2019, Preston will replace Lorna G. Utley who has served as interim president and CEO since August 2018.
In this role as president and CEO, Preston’s focus will be building upon GII’s success and impact. Preston will leverage his management experience across the private, public and nonprofit sectors to further advance the organization in its mission of helping individuals and families reach their full potential through learning and the power of work.
“I am grateful and humbled that the board has invited me to join as a partner and leader in advancing Goodwill’s critical mission,” said Steven Preston. “Millions of people begin their day without the stability, dignity and purpose that employment can provide.”
“For over a century, Goodwill has faced that challenge head on, person by person, extending training, counseling, compassion and ultimately jobs,” added Preston. “As challenges in our society persist and our job market evolves, I am confident Goodwill will continue to provide that bridge to opportunity in meaningful and innovative ways.”
Preston demonstrated significant commitment to public service, as evidenced by his work as head of two major federal agencies — Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and Administrator of the Small Business Administration.
During his career, Preston served as CEO of two large privately owned companies and has held executive leadership roles within several other businesses including Waste Management, ServiceMaster and First Data. Currently, he is Vice Chair of Liberty Advisor Group. His work in the private sector spans more than 30 years and has afforded him significant expertise in managing complex structures and systems, growing collaborative partnerships, and catalyzing innovative and forward-thinking business expansion opportunities.
“Steve has a proven track record of exceptional leadership during his highly successful careers in both the private and public sectors,” said Dale Jenkins, Chair of the GII Board of Directors. “He also has a deep personal commitment to serving others that is truly inspirational. I am excited about what this dynamic combination of talent, business acumen, and servant leadership will mean to the future impact of Goodwill.”
In addition to his professional roles in the public and private sectors, Preston has served on the boards of various nonprofit organizations, currently including the Wheaton College Board of Trustees, the Partnership for Public Service and Sunshine Enterprises.
The selection of Steve Preston follows an extensive executive search, conducted with the assistance of an executive search firm. In July, the GII Board of Directors appointed Lorna G. Utley, retired president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit, to the role of interim president and CEO while the company searched for a candidate. Utley leveraged her Goodwill experience to ensure a smooth executive transition. Preston will continue to build upon the strides she made while in office.