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Goodwill Names Dougherty as Vice President of Community Workforce

By Laura Faison on Oct 17, 2016


John Dougherty, Goodwill’s Vice President of Community Workforce

Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia has named John B. Dougherty as Vice President, Community Workforce. In this new role, Dougherty will further develop Goodwill’s workforce development initiatives, collaborative services, and community impact throughout the 39 cities and counties of central and coastal Virginia.

Dougherty joins Goodwill with his Masters in Social Work and over 15 years working in the non-profit sector, concentrating on child and family services and social justice. He spent the past year serving as the owner of Human Services Innovations LLC, a health and human services consulting agency. He continues to teach as adjunct faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work and University of Richmond School of Arts and Sciences.

Goodwill’s areas of job readiness for the job seeker, recruitment and staffing –both internally with Goodwill and externally through employer engagement, and new business development fall under this new structure. Dougherty will be charged with leading Goodwill in service delivery of the mission of putting people to work.

“John has a solid background in organizational growth and systems change- two areas critical to ongoing transformation of our workforce development structure. This new challenge will need the experience, persistence, and enthusiasm that John brings to our team,” said Charles Layman, President and CEO of Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia. “Workforce development for our communities continues to grow as those challenges to getting the job seeker connected with the employer evolve, and we need a leader with the commitment and drive of John to keep us as the leading non-profit community workforce provider.”

Before his consulting agency, Dougherty served as Chief Administrative Officer for Virginia Home for Boys and Girls for 6 years, and as Executive Director for ROSMY, a youth organization in Virginia through 2010.  His long term advocacy for youth and his strategic partnerships in these roles should transfer well to Goodwill’s mission of sustainable employment for anyone with challenges to work.

Dougherty is a past recipient of the Stettinius Award for Non-Profit Leadership and was recognized as one of Richmond’s Top 40 Under 40.  He is a member of Virginia’s Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and the National Association of Social Workers.

About Goodwill: As part of the nation’s largest non-profit community workforce organization, Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia serves more than 20,000 individuals annually throughout 39 cities and counties. Guided by the belief that work is the foundation for empowered individuals, stable families, and prosperous communities, Goodwill’s mission is to help people help themselves through the power of work. Goodwill sells donated goods through 34 retail stores and reinvests the revenue in programs that prepare and support individuals who face challenges to employment. It also relies on contract services and philanthropic gifts to support its mission. To learn more, visit


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