Goodwill Columbus President and CEO Margie Pizzuti to Retire

Posted Aug. 11, 2020

Margie Pizzuti, who has served as President and CEO of Goodwill Columbus since 2005, has announced her plans to retire.

Pizzuti’s executive leadership experience in the community spans 40 years. Prior to joining Goodwill more than 15 years ago, she served for a decade as Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing and Community Development at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and held key leadership positions for more than 20 years in economic development and tourism marketing, communications and public affairs for the State of Ohio and City of Columbus.

During her tenure at Goodwill, Pizzuti has guided the agency through the most significant growth in its 80-year history. She will continue serving in her current role through the completion of the search for her successor, which is anticipated to happen in the first quarter of 2021. 

Goodwill Board Chair Johnni Beckel, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer with Ohio Health, stated, “Margie has given passionately and energetically to Goodwill as an exceptional executive leader and her impressive legacy will forever be apparent throughout the organization and the entire community going forward. She will be deeply missed.”  

Pizzuti said, “I am honored to have led this extraordinary organization, as we’ve taken this journey to provide a ‘hand up’ to those we serve. With our true north guiding us along the way, I’ve had the joy of working collaboratively with many valued colleagues and community partners, to ensure that every individual in our community has the opportunity to thrive. I’ve been inspired by Goodwill’s mission of transforming lives through pathways to independence and the power of work …and embracing the “dignity of risk” for individuals with developmental disabilities. It most certainly does take a village and our organization is well-positioned to move forward with optimism for our future.”

Beckel has appointed a Board Selection Committee who will conduct a nationwide search for Pizzuti’s successor. The Committee has retained the services of an executive search firm to assist with the selection process.

During her tenure, Pizzuti has guided many significant strategic initiatives, all of which have served to strengthen the organization as a recognized leader in providing critical programs and services to individuals in the central Ohio community.

Some of Goodwill’s noted accomplishments include:

  • Retooling Workforce Development services, expanding programs to advance employees, and building a career pathway model that helps individuals to get their first and “next best” job, while diversifying revenue sources through federal, state, local government and foundation grants and growing partnerships with community non-profit agencies and businesses.
  • Re-envisioning Adult Day Services, currently serving more than 500 adults with developmental disabilities daily, while transitioning them from segregated, facility-based services to integrated community-based settings to ensure they can learn, grow, advance and live their best lives.
  • Transforming Goodwill’s headquarters in Grandview on Edgehill Road as a result of a successful $10 million capital campaign, with significant renovation of 130,000 square feet of space.
  • Growth of the agency from $27.9 million in 2006 to $50.7 million in 2020.
  • Expansion of donated goods retail operations as the agency’s economic engine. During Pizzuti’s tenure, Goodwill Columbus increased its footprint from 4 stores to 11 locations, currently generating almost $20 million annually, including an outlet store, an e-commerce platform through ShopGoodwill and “Goodwill At Your Door”/home pickup.
  • Significant growth of custodial and unarmed security contract businesses to nearly $9.5 million, currently employing 340 individuals, more than 60% with a documented disability. 

 “From our exceedingly capable and talented leadership team, to our committed, hardworking staff, dedicated board members, volunteers and collaborative community partners, I’m confident that Goodwill has a bright future and a strong foundation, rooted in 80 years of transforming lives through pathways to independence and the power of work. The timing is right to prepare the organization for the next generation of leadership. I am committed to ensure a smooth transition,” Pizzuti said.  

Pizzuti resides in Upper Arlington with her husband, Jerry. They have two children, daughter Julia and son Michael, and a granddaughter, Kylie Josephine.