Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries announces new CEO

YOUNGSTOWN, OH (June 27) – Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries, along with its board of directors, proudly announces Ann Phillips as the new CEO of the Youngstown nonprofit. The board of directors named Phillips as their selection after Phillips acted as interim CEO for the past four months. The term followed the resignation of former CEO, Mark Goloja, in February.

“As the board, it’s our honor and privilege to name Ann Phillips CEO,” said HaSheen Wilson, board president. “Phillips has continuously demonstrated her ability to simultaneously lead and follow, which is an exceptional attribute in being an effective leader. Ann’s laser focus to details, ability to simplify and communicate complex information and situations, while keeping her sights on the future made her a clear choice to lead Goodwill through our next era.”

Since joining Youngstown Area Goodwill, Phillips has served the organization through her work in many roles. She began in an entry-level position in 2018, and, after a six-month departure, returned in 2019 to a grants and data management role. She was promoted to Assistant Controller, and shortly after, added the title of Director of Retail, until transitioning into the roles of chief operating officer and chief financial officer. In addition to the interim CEO role, Phillips most recently served the organization as chief operating officer and chief missions officer. She holds a BSBA and MAcc from Youngstown State University.

“I am extremely thankful and excited to be named the CEO of Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries, Inc.,” Phillips said. “I know the importance employment has had in my own life, and I’m grateful my experience at Goodwill has led me to translate that appreciation into action that serves others.”

Phillips says Goodwill has so much to offer and plans to continue focusing on workforce development in the community.

“We pride ourselves on providing resources that help individuals with barriers to employment find, maintain and advance their careers and skills in addition to providing meaningful jobs within our own company,” Phillips noted. “We also enjoy working with our partners and area businesses looking to support their employees’ workforce development needs. Goodwill wants to share and gift our mission of believing in the value of people and the power of work.”