Colorado Springs, Colo., July 11, 2017 – The Goodwill Industries International (GII) board of directors has elected Karla Grazier, president and CEO of Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado, as the chair of its board. Grazier took office during the annual Goodwill meeting of executives and board leaders held recently in Louisville, KY, and will serve a one-year term.

Grazier has served as Discover Goodwill’s president and CEO since 2010. In that role, she has led the nationally-recognized social enterprise’s 1,500 employees in their mission to provide independence-building programs throughout 38 Colorado counties. Grazier was elected to the GII board of directors in 2013, and has served as treasurer of the board and chair of the finance committee and, most recently, as vice chair. Last year, she was chair of the GII Strategic Issues Planning Committee (SIPC). This year, she will continue to serve as a member of SIPC and will chair the executive and compensation committees.

“Karla Grazier is a true visionary in the field,” said Goodwill Industries International President and CEO Jim Gibbons. “I’m excited to work more closely with her. She has a strong vision and ongoing devotion to achieving Goodwill Industries International’s mission of improving communities and supporting people with challenges to finding employment. Karla’s passion and demonstrated commitment to Goodwill and the people we serve are extraordinary.”

About Discover Goodwill of Southern & Western Colorado
Discover Goodwill provides jobs-generating, life-changing programs and services to tens of thousands of people each year—including military veterans, seniors, youth, and individuals with developmental and economic disadvantages. Discover Goodwill dedicates nearly 90 percent of its annual budget to community-based programs across 38 Colorado counties. Discover Goodwill has received GuideStar’s Platinum rating—their highest nonprofit ranking—reflecting the organization’s strong commitment to accountability and transparency.

Karla Grazier, President/CEO
Discover Goodwill CEO & President Karla Grazier

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