Goodwill® Announces New Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel

Regina Nelson Joins Goodwill Industries International in January

ROCKVILLE, MD — Goodwill Industries International (GII) recently announced the appointment of Regina Nelson as its new chief legal officer and general counsel.

Nelson brings more than 25 years of legal and business experience to her new role, in which she will lead the GII legal and government affairs teams. Nelson will provide oversight on all legal and government affairs functions, lead enterprise risk management and corporate compliance, and provide legal advice and services to the GII executive team and board of directors.

“Regina is well known for her excellent legal counsel and strategic business acumen, and we are grateful for the wealth of experience she brings to Goodwill,” said Steven C. Preston, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “Her deep knowledge in operational, transactional and regulatory affairs as well as her leadership and relationship building skills will benefit Goodwill and our network of 155 local nonprofit Goodwill organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada.”

Nelson most recently served as chief legal counsel, Europe, for Marriott International, Inc., in its London office. She led a team overseeing all legal matters across more than 600 hotels and served as a key advisor and member of the Marriott European executive team.

“Goodwill’s goal of helping people earn jobs and grow their careers is vital to our local communities, and I’m excited to contribute to this important mission,” said Nelson. “I look forward to using my legal and business experience to strengthen the Goodwill network, so it can continue to serve those who use Goodwill services to learn skills, earn jobs and advance their careers.”

Nelson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Dowling College in Oakdale, NY, and a Juris Doctor degree from Boston College Law School in Newton, MA.

Goodwill Industries International is a network of 155 community-based, autonomous organizations in the United States and Canada with a presence in 12 other countries. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit that helps people find employment, Goodwill is recognized with GuideStar’s highest rating, the Platinum Seal of Approval.

Local Goodwill organizations offer employment opportunities, job placement and training services, and other community-based programs, which are funded by selling donated clothing and household items in nearly 3,300 stores and online at®.

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Charlene Sarmiento
Public Relations Manager
Goodwill Industries International
Phone: (240) 620-7703
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