CEO, Goodwill Industries International
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, Goodwill advances this mission through 158 affiliated local organizations which operate over 3,300 retail stores, perform commercial services, employ over 130,000 people and manage workforce development and other support programs.
Preston has served in numerous operational and financial leadership positions in both the private and public sectors. He has led successful turnarounds as the CEO of two private equity-owned companies, headed the Small Business Administration (SBA) and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) during times of national crisis 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 currently serves on the Wheaton College Board of Trustees, the Partnership for Public Service Board of Directors and the Northwestern University Weinberg College Board of Visitors. He has also been active for many years serving organizations that address the needs of both children and adults in underserved areas.
Preston and his wife, Molly, have five children, ages 17-24, and reside in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.