Goodwill Industries of the Greater East Bay hires new President and CEO
Goodwill Industries of the Greater East Bay hires Jim Caponigro as new President and CEO
OAKLAND, Calif. – Goodwill Industries of the Greater East Bay has hired Jim Caponigro as its new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Caponigro succeeds John B. Latchford, who led Goodwill Industries of the Greater East Bay for the past 16 years.
“Since 1919, Goodwill Industries of the Greater East Bay has provided much-needed job training and support services to those facing barriers to employment. The board of directors believes Jim Caponigro will lead the agency and grow our work in the community to help more people in need,” said Linda Chew, a Goodwill board member. “He brings a wealth of experience, having worked in one of the largest Goodwill agencies in the country, and we anticipate he will open new doors for Goodwill to grow sustainable ventures that translate into more job training and support services for those we serve.”
Caponigro most recently was Vice President of Marketing for Goodwill of North Georgia, which grew its operating revenue from $29 million to $148 million over the past 10 years. It placed 20,000 individuals into jobs this past year. He created the agency’s first marketing department, focusing on driving donations and helping put people to work. He also spearheaded community relationship-building, market research and branding.
Before working for Goodwill, Caponigro was a senior partner at the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency, where he led strategic direction for government agencies and Fortune 500 companies. He received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in advertising from Michigan State University. As a graduate of Goodwill Industries International’s Executive Development Program, he has a strong commitment to the mission and work of Goodwill.
“I am excited to be part of such an important organization so focused on helping those in the East Bay area,” said Caponigro. “I look forward to establishing many new partnerships and working with our outstanding team to reverse unemployment one person at a time.”
About Goodwill Industries of the Greater East Bay
Goodwill Industries of the Greater East Bay, an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in 1919, has provided the disabled and disadvantaged with work experience, life skills, and training to help them achieve financial stability. The agency operates a social-enterprise model that earns revenue for job programs and provides training sites for workforce-development participants. In 2015, Goodwill served 3,165 individuals and families and placed 1,049 people directly into sustainable, competitive employment throughout Alameda, Contra Costa, and Solano Counties. In the East Bay, Goodwill has an annual economic impact of approximately $120 million and diverts approximately 15,000 tons of material from landfill each year through reuse and recycling. For more information about Goodwill and how you can help, please call (510) 698-7200.
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