×

About Us

Mission Statement

Goodwill SOLAC partners with the community, transforming donated goods into job training, education and placement services for individuals with barriers to employment. 

Purpose Statement

Goodwill SOLAC’s purpose is to provide vocational education, work training programs and support services for people with barriers to employment. 

Vision Statement

Goodwill Serving the People of Southern Los Angeles County, values all people and believes that work is essential to life. We support diversity, inclusion and an individual’s transition to family-sustaining employment. 

About Goodwill SOLAC

Goodwill, Serving the People of Southern Los Angeles County (SOLAC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that transforms donated goods into job training, education and placement services for individuals with barriers to employment. Goodwill SOLAC serves 22 cities and communities throughout Southern Los Angeles County. 

Our skills training, education, job preparation and placement programs build lives, families and communities—one job at a time. Placing individuals in productive and competitive employment fills them with the value, joy and dignity of a paycheck. We believe putting people to work not only benefits the individual, but also the community’s economic vitality through taxes, spending power, real estate values, quality of life, and relief from social services and welfare systems. 

Goodwill SOLAC is one of 165 independent Goodwills with membership in Goodwill Industries International. Goodwill SOLAC’s headquarters in Long Beach houses its administrative offices, training programs, processing operations, transportation fleet, LiNKS Sign Language & Interpreting Services, retail store and its e-commerce operations. 

Annual Reports

You can view our archive of Annual Reports here

2019 Annual Report

2018 Annual Report

2017 Annual Report

2016 Annual Report

2015 Annual Report

2014 Annual Report

2013 Annual Report

Staff & Board
2020 Board of Trustees

Officers

Anitra Dempsey
Chair
Wayne Chaney, Sr.
Vice Chair
Ardel Avelino, RN
Corporate Secretary
Kenneth Cecil, CPA
Treasurer

Trustees

Susan Byrne, RN
John Claridy
Jeffrey Cornejo, Ed.D
Larry DeJarnett
Josef Levy
Robin Pano
Christine Robbins
Kimmo Sahakangas
Harry Saltzgaver
Celso Silla, III R.N.
Tim Skillman
Brad Ward
Elizabeth Williams
Patrice Wong

Goodwill SOLAC Leadership Steering Team

Janet McCarthy
President and CEO
Rob Boyajian
Director of Information Services
Steve Cipolla
Director of LiNKS
Ben Espitia
VP of Workforce Development
Lisa Grassi
Chief Financial Officer
Gina Johnson
VP of HR and Corporate Compliance
Kelly Greet
Executive Assistant to the CEO
carf