Arizona Chairman Honored by Goodwill Industries International

Dr. Ed Oxford Receives Volunteer Board Leader of the Year Award
PHOENIX – The chairman of the board at Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona (GCNA) has been selected by Goodwill Industries International to receive its 2018 Volunteer Board Leader of the Year award. Dr. Ed Oxford is recognized for his dedication to a long-term vision and for driving workplace culture.
With a 47-year background in developing and transforming large organizations, Oxford broadened and grew the vision of the Phoenix-based Goodwill® organization. Most recently, he worked with leadership to create a long-term vision for Goodwill through 2030 that focuses on the growth and diversification of revenue, promoting innovation, and collaborating with other organizations to strengthen Arizona’s workforce.
Oxford has also made workplace culture a main focus. He played a key role in creating a work environment that eliminates barriers between leadership, board members and local staff. He holds organization-wide meetings, during which attendees can engage in open and candid conversations, building trust and relationships amongst leadership and staff.
“Ed provided insight to GCNA that improved our culture and challenged us to be the best employer that we can be,” said Courtney Nelson, vice president marketing and communications. “His combination of expert knowledge and genuine passion for the organization is what makes him a great leader.”
Before he became chairman of the board in 2015, Oxford served as a board member, beginning in 2010. He was instrumental in selecting GCNA’s current president and CEO, Tim O’Neal, and remains O’Neal’s close mentor.
“Ed is always pushing me to be the best that I can be, for both myself and GCNA. His exemplary leadership is something that my entire staff commends, and have been positively impacted by in some way,” O’Neal said. “His skills showed especially during the smooth transition of our recent merger of the Central and Northern Arizona Goodwills, which was critical to the business.”
The Goodwill Industries International Volunteer Board Leader of the Year Award recognizes outstanding leadership from volunteer board members who work to support and further the operations and mission of a member Goodwill organization.
Courtney Nelson
Vice President of Marketing and Communications
Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona
Phone: (602) 535-4000
[email protected]
Savanna Mickens
Public Relations Specialist
Goodwill Industries International
Phone: (240) 333-5293
[email protected]
Founded in 1947, Goodwill of Central & Northern Arizona is one of the oldest nonprofit agencies in Arizona. There’s a neighborhood Goodwill near you, and donating and shopping at Goodwill means you are fighting unemployment and promoting a sustainable environment. Last year, Goodwill helped place more than 45,000 Arizonans in local jobs with hundreds of local companies. Each year, Goodwill diverts millions of pounds of material from going directly into Arizona landfills. Thanks to your Goodwill, we are empowering individuals, strengthening families and building stronger communities. To learn more about our mission and services, visit:
Goodwill Industries International (GII) is a network of 162 community-based, autonomous organizations in the United States and Canada with a presence in 12 other countries. GII is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is recognized by GuideStar with its Platinum Seal of Approval, the organization’s highest rating for charities. GII was also ranked by enso as the #1 brand doing the most good in the world for two consecutive years, and was the only nonprofit brand rated in Forbes’ 20 most inspiring companies for three consecutive years. Local Goodwill organizations are innovative and sustainable social enterprises that create job training programs, employment placement and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items in more than 3,200 stores collectively and online at®. Local Goodwill organizations build revenues and create jobs by contracting with commercial, state, government and non-government organizations to provide a wide range of business services, including manufacturing, warehousing and distribution, packaging, assembly, food preparation, document management, groundskeeping and  administrative. Last year, local Goodwill organizations collectively placed more than 288,000 people in employment in the United States and Canada. In addition, more than 38 million people used computers and mobile devices to access Goodwill education, training, mentoring and online learning services to strengthen their skills, and more than 1.7 million people received in person services. To learn more, visit