Former Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Baltimore Joins Goodwill Industries International

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Alexander Sanchez, Strategic Business Development Officer, Takes Office

"Alexander Sanchez will serve as a catalyst for integrating a financial management approach for Goodwill's grants while growing the mission, helping the people most impacted by economic challenges so that they can find and keep good jobs."

Goodwill Industries International has named Alexander Sanchez to the position of chief operations officer, effective immediately. Sanchez will oversee Goodwill Industries International’s core services and business areas, including finance, IT, legal/contracting operations, member relations and mission advancement.

Sanchez has more than 20 years of extensive experience in the nonprofit, operations and legal arenas. He was most recently the chief of staff to the Mayor of Baltimore, where he managed all aspects of the mayor’s office, including administration, finance, government relations, labor, law, policy and communications, and public safety. Prior to that, he served as the Maryland Secretary of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, and led the areas of occupational and professional licensing, labor and industry, financial regulation, unemployment insurance, and workforce development and adult learning. Sanchez’s previous senior leadership roles include: senior vice president for community impact leadership at United Way Worldwide, president and CEO of the United Neighborhood Centers of America, and executive director for the Hispanic National Bar Association & Foundation.

“Alexander Sanchez’s management and experience in workforce development issues make him uniquely qualified to lead Goodwill’s operational initiatives,” said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “Sanchez will serve as a catalyst for integrating a financial management approach for Goodwill’s grants while growing the mission, helping the people most impacted by economic challenges so that they can find and keep good jobs.”

Sanchez earned his bachelor’s degree from Boston College and a master’s from the University of Pennsylvania in government administration. He also earned a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School. He is the recipient of The Father John A. Dineen, SJ, Hispanic Alumni Community Service Award and has been profiled twice in Hispanic Business Magazine as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the United States. Sanchez also served on the board of directors for Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake (Baltimore, MD).

Sanchez lives in Baltimore, MD, with his wife and three children.

About Goodwill Industries International
Goodwill Industries International is a network of 165 community-based agencies in the United States and Canada with a presence in 14 other countries. Goodwill® agencies are innovative and sustainable social enterprises that fund job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items in more than 3,000 stores and online at shopgoodwill.com®. Goodwill also builds revenue and creates jobs by contracting with businesses and government agencies to provide a wide range of commercial services, including packaging and assembly, food service preparation, and document imaging and shredding. In 2013, more than 9.8 million people in the United States and Canada benefited from Goodwill's career services. Goodwill channels 83 percent of its revenues directly into its programs and services. To find a Goodwill location near you, use the online locator at http://www.goodwill.org, or call (800) GOODWILL. Follow us on Twitter: @GoodwillIntl and@GoodwillCapHill, and find us on Facebook: GoodwillIntl.

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