Steve Preston, CEO, Goodwill Industries International

TF19_Steve Preston, Goodwill Industries

Steven C. Preston is the president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International, a non-profit social enterprise whose mission is to help people reach their full potential through learning and the power of work.  Goodwill serves people going through life transitions such as veterans or displaced workers, as well as people working to overcome difficult barriers in their lives such as lack of education, physical or mental challenges, persistent poverty or prior incarceration.  

With over $6 billion in revenue, the Goodwill network advances this mission through 158 affiliated local organizations which operate over 3,300 retail stores, perform commercial services and operate government-funded programs. Goodwill advances its mission through three primary channels: direct employment of over 130,000 people, face-to-face workforce development and supportive services to 1.6 million people, and online education support to 34 million people. 

Preston has served in numerous operational and financial leadership positions in both the public and private sectors. He led the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) during the height of the Great Recession, headed the Small Business Administration (SBA), led successful turnarounds as the CEO of two private equity-owned companies and served as the CFO of two Fortune 500 companies, Waste Management and ServiceMaster, during times of significant change and restructuring. 

Preston graduated with Highest Distinction from Northwestern University and received an MBA from the University of Chicago. He has served on numerous boards or in other capacities for organizations supporting the needs of people with disadvantages, especially in urban centers. He currently serves on the boards of the Partnership for Public Service, the Board of Trustees of Wheaton College and the Board of Visitors for the Northwestern University Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.