PRESIDENT AND CEO
Steven C. Preston
Goodwill Industries International
Prior to joining GII, Preston held leadership positions in the public and private sectors. Preston served as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and as the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, leading both federal agencies during times of national crisis.
He orchestrated successful turnarounds as the CEO of two private corporations, Oakleaf Global Holdings and Livingston International. He was also the CFO of two Fortune 500 companies — Waste Management and ServiceMaster — during times of significant change and restructuring for each company.
Preston is a member of Fast Company’s Impact Council and has been featured in the Associated Press, Forbes, The New York Times, and in The Wall Street Journal. He has also appeared on ABC’s “Pandemic,” Bloomberg TV, Cheddar, CNBC, C-SPAN, FOX Business‘ “Varney & Co.,” and Yahoo! Finance Live in addition to appearing on numerous radio shows, podcasts and YouTube series, including AEI‘s Hardly Working, Working Nation, Future of Work, Indeed‘s Here to Help, Partnering Leadership, and Accenture’s Change Conversations. Preston is a sought-after speaker on workforce development and skills for the future and has served as a keynote speaker for the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s Corporate Citizenship Conference: Business Solves, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Talent Forward Conference, the Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week, and the Tugboat Institute Summit.
Preston graduated with Highest Distinction from Northwestern University and holds an MBA from The University of Chicago. Preston currently serves on the Partnership for Public Service and Wheaton College Board of Trustees.
GII BOARD CHAIR
Anne Richards leads one of the largest nonprofit organizations in Northeast Ohio, which is comprised of 24 stores and 28 mission programs that served more than 18,600 people in 2022. In her role as CEO, she creates and guides the strategic direction and mission for the $44M organization, which currently employs more than 700 individuals in 10 counties throughout Ohio and West Virginia. Richards has served as a member of the GII Board of Directors for the past two years, including serving on several committees.
Before joining Goodwill in 2012, Richards held several human resources leadership roles for the Timken Company, a $5B Fortune 500 global industrial leader, including guiding and supporting domestic and international initiatives. She has been elected to numerous community boards of directors, serving as an officer on most of them. Richards is a graduate of Leadership Cleveland, Leadership Stark County and Cleveland Civic Leadership. In addition, she is a founding member of the Cleveland Chapter of the Private Boards Association.
Richards earned her master’s degree in counseling and human development from Walsh University and her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Kent State University, graduating from both with honors. She is also a graduate of the 2017 GII Executive Development Program (EDP) as well as a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a Society of Human Resources Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).
GII BOARD OF DIRECTORS
THE GOODWILL NETWORK
Goodwill’s network of more than 150 independent, local Goodwill organizations in the United States and Canada offers customized training and services for individuals who want to find a job, pursue a credential or degree, and strengthen their finances. Each Goodwill is led by its own chief executive and governed by an independent board of directors.