Gary Cotta


President and CEO, Goodwill Industries 


    M.A. Human Resources Management; University of Redlands, Redlands, CA

B.S. Social Services; California Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA

Graduate of the Goodwill Industries International Executive Development Program

Certificate in Nonprofit Management – Duke University

  • Career Experience:

July 2009 to Present: President and CEO; Goodwill Industries of South Central Virginia

September 2001 to June 2009: Director, Workforce Development and Contracts; Goodwill Industries of South Central California, Bakersfield, CA

1999 to August 2001: Vice President, Human Resources; Goodwill Industries of the Inland Counties, San Bernardino, CA

1995 to 1999: Operations Director, Family Service Association of Western Riverside County.

1988 to 1995: Employment Training Specialist/Administrative Services Officer; Riverside County EDA/PIC Job Training, Riverside, CA

Professional affiliations:

Member – SHRM (Society for Human Resources Management)

Member of Rotary, 2002 to Present

  President of Bakersfield North Rotary (California) 2007/2008


  Currently a member of the Riverview Rotary Club in Danville, VA

Board - Virginia Goodwill Network, 2009 to Present

Board - Mid Atlantic Goodwill Industries Consortium, 2009 to Present

Board - The Hughes Memorial Home Foundation, 2014 to Present 

Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, Employment Service Organization Steering Committee, 2011 to Present 


Gary has been working with Goodwill since July 2009.

Gary's Passion at Goodwill:

"Helping both employees and persons served to improve the quality of their lives by achieving their employment dreams."