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    Goodwill Industries® Names Goodwill® Advocacy Leaders

    Rockville, MD. – Goodwill Industries International is pleased to honor its Advocacy Leader Award winners for 2010.

    The award recognizes Goodwill® agencies that have demonstrated leadership and commitment to Goodwill’s policy and advocacy efforts. Each agency is also recognized for its ability to effectively influence policy by its relationships with federal and state policymakers.

    Each winner is being awarded for engaging senior state-level policymakers, elected and appointed, as part of its business process as well as its active participation in coalitions pertaining to energy, green building, jobs creation, vocational rehabilitation services and workforce development. In addition, each agency is being recognized for making an impact on statewide legislation through its own Advocacy Day and for developing statewide grant proposals.

    These winners include:

    • Michael Coughlin, president and CEO, Goodwill Industries of the Northern New England
    • Brian Itzkowitz, president and CEO, Goodwill Industries of Arkansas
    • Dan Kurtenbach, president and CEO, Goodwill Industries of Monocacy Valley
    • Jeff Nock, president and CEO, Goodwill of the Heartland
    • Marge Thomas, president and CEO, Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake
    • Michael Wirth-Davis, president and CEO, Goodwill/Easter Seals of Minnesota

    “Each of these Goodwill agencies and their executives are being awarded because they have positioned themselves as leaders in their states by fulfilling and growing our mission of job training,” Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “Under the leadership of their executives, they have engaged in public policy and advocacy efforts including creating Goodwill Industries International’s public policy department.”

    The agencies’ activism efforts have been extremely influential and noticed by several Members of Congress and state policymakers who have visited their agencies.

    These Goodwill agencies will be recognized and honored at a reception in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, April 27. The reception is part of Goodwill Industries International’s fourth Advocacy Day — “Invest in the American Worker.”

    Adam Stiska
    GII Director of Mobile and Digital Strategies
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