The Global Fund for Children Announces Susan Goodell as CEO

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Twenty-five-year nonprofit veteran and former CEO of Forgotten Harvest is a passionate advocate for children.

"Susan is a strategic and creative executive who is passionate about developing and strengthening programs that have a lasting impact on children’s lives."

The board of directors of The Global Fund for Children (GFC) announced today the appointment of Susan Goodell as CEO, effective March 24, 2014. Goodell brings more than 25 years of nonprofit-sector experience to her new role.

Goodell comes to GFC from the nonprofit organization Forgotten Harvest, where she served as president and CEO for 13 years. Forgotten Harvest fights hunger and food waste by rescuing surplus and perishable food for distribution to over 280 emergency food providers throughout southeastern Michigan. Ensuring that children have enough food to eat is a priority for the organization.

“Susan stood out as GFC’s ideal CEO because of her impressive track record as a successful executive in the nonprofit sector,” commented Mark McGoldrick, chair of GFC’s board of directors and founder and managing partner of Mount Kellett Capital Management LP. “Susan is a strategic and creative executive who is passionate about developing and strengthening programs that have a lasting impact on children’s lives. She is the perfect choice to lead a growing, innovative organization like GFC.”

“I am so excited to join the extraordinary team at The Global Fund for Children. This is an exceptional opportunity to take my experience beyond the regional level to serve vulnerable children the world over,” explained Goodell. She will be guided by the many children and families she has met through her work in the Detroit metro area: “We’ve got to give children everywhere the building blocks they need so they can succeed in life.”

Throughout her career, Goodell has been a passionate advocate on behalf of children, people living in poverty, and those who need support in order to lead productive, healthy lives. She has traveled extensively, to over 24 countries. During her tenure at Forgotten Harvest, she propelled the organization from $300,000 in cash and in-kind donations to over $85 million and created a separate organization based in Canada. She also forged strategic partnerships with libraries, foundations, corporations, and government agencies to amplify Forgotten Harvest’s work and successes.

Goodell is the 2011 recipient of the Eleanor Josaitis Unsung Hero Award, which recognizes an individual who may not have received the widespread recognition he or she deserves for long-standing efforts to improve regional cooperation and understanding. She is a native of Maine and a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University.

About The Global Fund for Children

The Global Fund for Children finds and invests in innovative grassroots organizations serving the world’s most vulnerable children—including street children, trafficked children, refugees, and AIDS orphans—in more than 60 countries. GFC supports these organizations with financial resources, management training, capacity-building expertise, and technical assistance to help them achieve their vision, become sustainable, and reach even more children in need. To date, GFC has invested over $31 million in more than 550 grassroots organizations in 78 countries, serving more than 9 million children. For further information, visit Connect with GFC on Twitter @gfcnews.

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