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, with responsibilities for the design, management and support of annual and strategic planning processes and performance measurement systems. In April 2013, Chris was promoted to Executive Vice President of Workforce Services & Organizational Development with expanded responsibilities to oversee the organization’s employment and career development services, annual and strategic planning process, performance management systems and human resource functions. Under his leadership, a bold strategic plan was developed that influenced all areas of the organization’s operations, resulting in significant redesign of client 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 on the Goodwill Opportunity Campus in Charlotte, NC.
Prior to joining Goodwill, Chris was Vice President of Community Building for United Way of Central Carolinas and a principal in the Retail Client Group for The Vanguard Group in Charlotte, NC and Valley Forge, PA.
Chris is actively involved in the community as a member of the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance Foundation Board of Directors, Charlotte Rotary, Crisis Assistance Ministry Board of Directors, Charlotte Works Board and Chair of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Workforce Development Providers Council. He was also formerly a member of the Charlotte Regional Partnership Board of Directors, North Carolina Outward Bound Charlotte Advisory Board, Charlotte Merchants Foundation, UNCC Urban Institute Strategic Planning Committee, Workforce Initiative for Supportive Housing (W.I.S.H.), South Tryon Community Development Corporation and Junior Achievement.
Chris holds a business degree in organizational innovation from the University of Phoenix and is a graduate of Goodwill Industries International’s Executive Development Program. He is a member of Class XIII of the American Leadership Forum, Community Building Initiative-LDI Class I and a former member of its executive team.