Goodwill of Central Iowa Names Mary Hunter as New President and CEO

Goodwill of Central Iowa is proud to announce its Board of Directors has appointed Mary Hunter as the organization’s new CEO and President, effective Nov. 2, 2020. 

“Mary Hunter is the right leader for Goodwill of Central Iowa at this time with her previous non-profit leadership experience and passion for mission services. Hunter is a great match for Goodwill’s culture and both the organization and community will benefit tremendously from her leadership” shared Susan Rathjen, Board Chair for Goodwill of Central Iowa. The Goodwill of Central Iowa Board of Directors’ appointment of Hunter as the new CEO finalizes a six-month process to identify the organization’s next CEO.

Hunter comes to Goodwill with leadership experience in both non-profit and for-profit companies in the Des Moines area. She is a proud graduate of Drake University with a Business Management and Marketing Degree.

Recently, Hunter worked in several executive roles at the international nonprofit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Hunter transitioned from Executive Director of the Greater Iowa Chapter of JDRF where she set revenue records and facilitated growth and development. She then served as Director of Budgeting and Forecasting with the JDRF national organization. From there, Hunter moved to Director of Centralized Processing, in which she managed donor services and created standard operating procedures. In these roles she gained immeasurable experience that will lend itself to Goodwill of Central Iowa’s operations.

Before JDRF, Hunter began her career at Hy-Vee in which she worked her way from sacking groceries up to Assistant Vice President of Real Estate during Hy-Vee’s peak expansion period. In this role, she led sustainable growth with purchases and mergers of independent pharmacies, along with creating and implementing the in-store quick care clinic concept.

Additionally, Hunter is heavily involved in the central Iowa community. She served as a Commissioner for the Iowa Alcoholic Beverage Division, appointed by Iowa Governor Vilsak and reappointed by Iowa Governor Culver. Currently Mary serves the State of Iowa on the Consumer Advisory Panel, appointed by Governor Branstad and reappointed by Governor Reynolds. Mary is also a Commissioner for the Clive Public Arts Commission. She is a graduate of the Des Moines Leadership Institute.

Hunter shared, “I am excited for the opportunity to lead an established and cherished organization in my own community. I look forward to continuing Goodwill of Central Iowa’s work of serving those with barriers to employment by increasing our connections with community partners and leading a mission-first organization.”


About Goodwill of Central Iowa

Goodwill Industries began serving Central Iowa in 1955, providing citizens of all abilities with job training, skills support and employment placement. Funding raised through donations and purchases at Goodwill Industries locations directly benefit the services that the organization provides. Since its inception, the organization has grown to 15 retail locations serving 22 counties in the state of Iowa. Goodwill proudly invests 83 cents of every dollar raised into its programs. A non-profit 501(C)3 organization, Goodwill employs close to 300 staff members.

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