2017 Whitney M. Young Gala Award Recipient
President & CEO of Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont
Michael Elder is President & CEO of Goodwill. In 2015, Goodwill provided employment and training services to over 11,000 individuals with barriers to employment.
During his storied career, he has received a number of honors and awards for his service to Goodwill and the community. He is a past chair of Goodwill Industries International Board of Directors and a past officer of Goodwill Industries International Conference of Executives.
Outside of Goodwill, he is a past officer of the North Carolina Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, past member of the North Carolina Governor’s Advocacy Council for Persons with Disabilities, past president of the FreeMoreWest Association, and a past chair of the United Way of Central Carolinas Council of Agency Executives.
He currently chairs Charlotte-Mecklenburg Workforce Development Partners, serves on the Charlotte Works Board of Directors and has been an active member of the Charlotte Rotary Club for over 25 years.