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By Laura Faison on Apr 13, 2016


April 13, 2016 | WASHINGTON, DC – Goodwill Industries International honored Sharon Taylor, director of mission strategies for Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia (Richmond), with the 2016 Goodwill Advocacy Leader Award for helping develop a state public policy agenda that promotes Goodwill’s business and mission in Virginia. Taylor was recognized on Tuesday, April 12 during a reception in Washington, DC, as part of Goodwill’s annual advocacy event.

Taylor has served as the director of mission strategies since 2007, and this year she celebrates 30 years of service for Goodwill. She has advocated for policy priorities including funding for the Workforce Investment Act reauthorization (now known as the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) and employment opportunities for people with disabilities, as well as investments to continue to rebuild resources for job training programs. She also worked to develop a “Public Policy Page” on her Goodwill’s intranet to quickly disseminate policy information across her organization. Recognized as her organization’s public policy, government regulations and legislative expert, she works to engage leaders within her 39-county territory, participates with the Virginia Goodwill Network in all advocacy activities and attends all legislative receptions. Taylor worked with various leaders, constituents and legislators to develop a state public policy agenda that promotes Goodwill’s business and mission, while advocating for legislation that enhances employment for people with disabilities.

“Sharon is a passionate advocate for Goodwill’s mission and a familiar face at the Virginia State Capitol when legislative issues impact the people that Goodwill serves through its programs and services,” said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “She’s developed long-standing relationships with policymakers so that Goodwill’s voice is heard.”

Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia served more than 20,844 people and placed 2,602 into employment last year.

About Goodwill Industries International

Goodwill Industries International is a network of 164 community-based organizations in the United States and Canada with a presence in 13 other countries. Goodwill is one of America’s top 20 most inspiring companies (Forbes, 2014). Goodwill organizations 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 3,100 stores and online at®. Local Goodwill organizations also build revenue and create jobs by contracting with businesses and government to provide a wide range of commercial services, including packaging and assembly, food services preparation, and document imaging and shredding. Last year, Goodwill placed 312,000 people in employment in the United States and Canada. In addition, more than 35 million people used computers and mobile devices to access Goodwill education, training, mentoring and online learning services to strengthen their skills. To learn more, visit

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Joye Taylor

Public Relations Manager

Goodwill Industries International

(240) 333-5523


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