Governor Ralph Northam appointed John Dougherty, Goodwill’s vice president, community workforce, to the Virginia Board of Workforce Development.  Dougherty oversees Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia’s community workforce division that delivered mission services to more than 6,800 individuals facing challenges to work last year.

The Virginia Board of Workforce Development is a business-led board that acts as the principal advisor to the Governor and provides strategic leadership to the state regarding the workforce development system and its efforts to create a strong workforce aligned with employer needs.

Dougherty is responsible for the strategic leadership and advancement of Goodwill’s mission services, which encompasses four community employment centers, job training and readiness programs, vocational services, community and government agency partnerships, and employer relationships.  This appointment comes on the heels of Dougherty joining the Capital Region Workforce Development Board.

Dougherty has more than 15 years of experience in the non-profit sector, concentrating on child and family services and social justice issues in programmatic, leadership and consulting capacities. A native of Western New York, he has degrees in social work from Syracuse University and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Dougherty has taught as adjunct faculty at VCU and at the University of Richmond. A past recipient of the Stettinius Award for Non-Profit Leadership, he was also recognized as one of Richmond’s Top 40 Under 40.  Dougherty lives with his family in Richmond. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling and a self-professed obsession with marathon and triathlon training.

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