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Today, Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin and Metropolitan Chicago, Inc., announced the appointment of Clayton Pryor as chief mission officer. As a member of the senior leadership team, Pryor will build on Goodwill’s strategic vision and deliver operational leadership that paves the path for the organization’s sustained mission impact and long-term growth strategy throughout Southeastern Wisconsin and Metropolitan Chicago.
Pryor comes to Goodwill with nearly 15 years of experience creating jobs, revitalizing neighborhoods, and building sustainable communities. In his previous role at Advocate Aurora Health, he led the team member learning and workforce development departments. Prior to joining Advocate Aurora Health, Pryor served as the director of workforce development at the Chicago Urban League.
Throughout his career, Clayton’s portfolio of work has been dedicated to creating career pipelines in underserved communities by offering job skills and training to prepare candidates for a variety of industry sectors. His leadership has been instrumental in developing local, regional, and national initiatives that promote careers, build career pathways, advance skilled workforces, and invest in equitable outcomes.
“I am thrilled to welcome Clayton to Goodwill. As a proven workforce development leader with success across multiple employment sectors including healthcare, transportation, and construction, his ability to develop and manage integrated community partnerships will deepen Goodwill’s reach and create opportunities for those we serve to build meaningful careers and advance in the workplace,” said Jackie Hallberg, president & CEO of Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin and Metropolitan Chicago. “I look forward to seeing how Clayton leverages his knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion to inform our service delivery model and Goodwill’s efforts to create more equitable communities where everyone has an opportunity to thrive.”
Pryor earned his Master of Arts degree in organizational leadership with a concentration in public policy administration from Lewis University. He also earned a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace certificate from the University of South Florida.
“It’s an honor to join Goodwill and have the opportunity to contribute toward building impactful strategies that support strong communities throughout Wisconsin and Illinois,” said Pryor. “The greater part of my career has been committed to systems change, and developing and leading empowerment programs that provide opportunities for disenfranchised populations. I look forward to partnering with our dedicated team members to create innovative solutions that lead to equitable health and employment outcomes for all.”
Pryor began his new role on Monday, October 25, 2021, and was officially welcomed by Hallberg during the annual Community Day celebration held on November 4, 2021. As part of his new role, Pryor will lead teams that further define the Goodwill mission strategy, secure workforce partnerships with employers and other community partners, and measure the success of those efforts to drive transformational and equitable impact in the lives of the people the organization serves. To learn more about the impact of Goodwill mission programs in 2021, visit the Goodwill 2021 Community Day webpage.
About Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin and Metropolitan Chicago, Inc.
Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin and Metropolitan Chicago is a nonprofit organization helping people overcome challenges to build skills, find employment and progress in their life and careers. For more than 100 years, Goodwill has been connecting job seekers with employers in the community and inside its own retail, laundry and staffing social enterprises to provide employment, training and support services.
As the largest Goodwill among 156 nonprofit Goodwill organizations in North America, the organization has more than 90 locations across two states comprised of a 23-county territory. In 2020, Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin and Metropolitan Chicago served nearly 40,000 people experiencing employment challenges and made 4,327 job placements in the community. Visit www.goodwillsew.com or www.goodwillchicago.com for more information.