John Leopold

Chief Administrative Officer

As chief administrative officer, Leopold oversees all technology design, development and strategy across Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia, and ensures compliance, safety and protection of Goodwill’s extensive portfolio of office space, retail stores, attended donation centers and regional support centers.  Additionally, he oversees the marketing & communications and human resources functions for the organization, while providing human capital support to the finance department.

John served as director of Goodwill’s 10-person IT department for 10 years and was promoted to his current role in 2017. He joined Goodwill in 2007 as the manager of IT, responsible for creating the organizations first in-house IT department.  Many initiatives today have grown from his original visions, including an intranet system, HRIS systems, case management systems and POS implementation.

Prior to joining Goodwill, Leopold spent more than a decade in the IT field starting with end user and network support at James River Paper and the Federal Reserve Bank before progressing to infrastructure practice management and consulting in Houston and Dallas for many Fortune 500 companies.  This work covered an array of technology and project management disciplines as well as business development, finding ways to harness fast developing technologies to address business issues for the client.

Leopold holds a degree in chemical engineering from Louisiana State University. As someone well-regarded for his thought leadership, Leopold was interviewed by “Byte Magazine” when Microsoft launched Windows 95, giving his opinion about what the software would mean to organizations. He frequently participates in professional panels and conference speaking engagements, sharing his perspective on a variety of topics including systems adoption, leadership and technology.

Outside of work, John enjoys playing golf, reading, Formula 1, and baking.