New York, NY – Goodwill Industries® of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, Inc. is pleased to announce that Alicia McGrath has joined the agency as Executive Vice President of Mission, effective September 14, 2020. Ms. McGrath was previously Executive Director for Bethany House and is a senior level non-profit executive with over twenty-five years of experience in leadership positions with specific expertise in the field of Social Services.
In her new position, Ms. McGrath will oversee all programs of Goodwill NYNJ human services, called Mission Services in our social enterprise, which in 2019 provided job placement, training, on-the-job coaching, and retention services for over 26,000 people who are unemployed or underemployed on their journey to employment, including more than 7,000 people with disabilities. In 2019, Goodwill NYNJ help 2,000 people get jobs, including nearly 800 individuals with disabilities, outside our Goodwill stores at hospitals, tech firms, and NYC agencies. Goodwill NYNJ provides services for individuals with developmental and psychiatric disabilities, welfare applicants and recipients, older adults and anyone who is unemployed or underemployed and seeks to enhance their lives through a job.
“I am eager to bringing my programming expertise to provide in-person and remote/tele-health innovative services for job-seekers to further the mission of Goodwill NYNJ during unprecedented and continuously changing challenges to the workforce,“ said Ms. McGrath.
"I am delighted that Alicia, who brings her background of creative solutions to the most pressing issues has joined our team during the COVID-19 economic and health crisis, which impact how we provide services to the thousands of people seeking employment. Now is a time for Goodwill NYNJ to double down on our services and Alicia is the person to ensure the quality and impact of Goodwill will remain for the next 100 years.” said Katy Gaul-Stigge, Goodwill NYNJ President and CEO.
At Bethany House, Ms. McGrath oversaw all administrative and operational responsibilities including fundraising, program development, and initiating partnerships to enhance support services for the multimillion-dollar portfolio of residential programs serving homeless women and families. She strategically launched a single women’s shelter and set the process to open a permanent supportive housing for senior women. Earlier, as Assistant Executive Director for the Center for Family Support, she streamlined operations to close revenue gaps, developed health Key Performance Indicators, and spearheaded telemedicine initiatives to redesign the agency’s managed care. Prior to that, she restructured the ID/DD department to optimize results as Division Director at Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families. At SCO Family of Services, Ms. McGrath was responsible for strategic initiatives and served as Director of Residential Services and Director of Training and Staff Development for OPWDD programs.
Ms. McGrath earned a BS degree in Public Affairs, MA in Community and Economic Development, and a Women in Corporate Leadership Certificate from SUNY Empire College. She also received a certificate in Business Excellence from the Senior Leaders Program for Nonprofit Professionals at Columbia Business School, and an Executive Education Certificate at the Fordham University Center for Nonprofit Leaders. She expects to complete an MBA in spring 2021.
Ms. McGrath lives with her husband in Long Island, loves to sail, read, and is a big fan of Flamenco music and dance.