Goodwill’s executive leadership team works closely with the organization’s board of directors to ensure excellent organizational performance. Meet the leaders who guide us in fulfilling our commitments to our own team members and those we serve.
Christopher M. Jackson
President & Chief Executive Officer
Chris Jackson is the President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont; he has held this position since June 2017. Chris joined Goodwill in November 2010 as Vice President of Strategic Planning & Organizational Development. Under his leadership, a bold strategic plan was developed, resulting in a significant redesign of services, increased strategic partnerships with other health and human services agencies, improved development and engagement of team members, and the development of dynamic partnerships at the new Leon Levine Opportunity Center at the Goodwill Opportunity Campus in Charlotte, NC.
Chris is actively involved in the community, serving on the board of directors for both Charlotte Regional Business Alliance Foundation and Charlotte Works, and is chair of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Workforce Development Providers Council and the Goodwill Mid-Atlantic Regional Association. He is a member of the Greenlight Fund Selection Advisory Council, Charlotte Rotary, and the Charlotte Business Journal Leadership Trust.
Chris enjoys riding motorcycles, working on home projects and attending jazz concerts. He and his wife Renee live in Charlotte and have three adult children and two grandchildren.
Chief Program Officer
Raquel Lynch joined Goodwill in 2017 and leads the activities of all Career Services departments located at the Goodwill Opportunity Campus including the Job Resource Center, Basic Needs Fulfillment, Evaluation & Assessment, Career Development Services, the Play N’ Learn Center and partner relations.
Prior to serving at Goodwill, Raquel managed all of the assistance programs at Crisis Assistance Ministry as their Chief Program Officer. While there, she led the development of a comprehensive Community Advocacy Program that elevated the needs in our community and opportunities to support and address issues related to poverty.
Raquel has a passion for service and has participated on a variety of boards and committees in our community. She currently serves on the board of Legal Services of the Southern Piedmont and is a member of the NC Assets Alliance Steering Committee.
A native of Venezuela, Raquel holds a B.A. in Communications from Hofstra University, completed NYU’s Wagner IGNITE Fellowship and Wake Forest University’s Business Essentials for Nonprofit Organizations program. Raquel is also a graduate of the American Leadership Forum, Leadership Development Initiative.
Chief Advancement Officer
LaRita Barber has been involved in community endeavors in the Charlotte area since 1987. In her current role as Chief Advancement Officer, she is responsible for identifying and cultivating relationships and strategies that establish and sustain Goodwill’s relevance and brand in the community and advance the organization’s mission.
A native Charlottean, LaRita has served on a number of community boards, including the Arts & Science Council, Central Piedmont Community College Education Foundation, and Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont. She is currently active on the Johnson C. Smith University Board of Visitors, Women Executives, and Wells Fargo Champions for Education Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Charlotte Chapter of the National Association for Fundraising Professionals.
Chief Financial Officer
Mia M. Comeriato
Chief Human Resources Officer
Mia is the Chief Human Resources Officer and has been with Goodwill since 1990. She is responsible for leadership of the organization’s Human Resources team.
When Mia began her career with Goodwill 27 years ago, she served as an assistant to the HR Director. Within a short period of time, she became HR Manager and continued to evolve in her leadership capacity as the organization grew from approximately 200 team members and a $6 million operating budget to more than 820 regular team members and an operating budget of more than $60 million. In her role, Mia develops and directs all human resource strategies in support of Goodwill’s mission, vision and values as well as the strategic direction of the organization. She oversees the areas of employee engagement, talent recruitment and management, leadership continuity, change management, organizational and performance management, and compensation and benefits.
Mia was raised in Ohio. She obtained a B.A. in Psychology and Business Administration from Malone University in Canton, Ohio.