Michele Harris Named New President/CEO

February 3, 2022  Michele Harris continues her nearly 30-year career in the Goodwill network by being named the new President/CEO for Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin (SCWI). Harris’ most recent role was as the Chief Mission and Workforce Advancement Officer, Workforce & Family Services at Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest located in Spokane, Washington. She also served as the President of Good Works, Inc, a nonprofit incubated by the Spokane Goodwill.

“I have a huge passion for Goodwill. Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin was known within the Goodwill International network as a strong organization. I am excited for the opportunity to come to Madison and continue leading Goodwill SCWI toward building more mission impact with a great team,” Harris said. “Experiencing the Goodwill mission in action and hearing the stories of lives changed is what drives me. My commitment to Goodwill runs strong and I promise my new neighbors my dedication and partnership in service of their success.”

Harris’ accomplishments at the Inland Northwest Goodwill included a 106% increase in mission growth revenue and an 80% increase in the number of persons served. She also secured $8 million in state and federal grants. Harris received her Bachelor of Science in Workforce Education and Development at the Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and her MBA at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette.

Her professional affiliations in Spokane show her commitment to the community and helping others: Human Services Advisory Board for the City of Spokane, Spokane Veterans Leadership Sub-committee, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Champion Committee and others. She looks forward to making connections in the communities Goodwill SCWI serves.