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President and CEO of Goodwill Columbus Ryan Burgess is Looking Ahead With Hope

Article Originally Appeared in Columbus Monthly – Emma Frankart Henterly

The last year has been a busy one for Goodwill Columbus. The local branch of the national social services agency announced in January 2021 that it would be partnering with Elford to redevelop its headquarters at 1331 Edgehill Road in the Fifth by Northwest neighborhood just north of Grandview. The following month, Ryan Burgess, then-Cabinet Secretary for Gov. Mike DeWine, was announced as the organization’s next president and CEO, following the news that longtime leader Margie Pizzuti would be retiring. Burgess took over officially in March 2021, a year after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic that continued to create problems for businesses and nonprofits alike throughout 2021.

Columbus Monthly caught up with Burgess via Zoom to discuss his first 10 months at the helm of Goodwill Columbus, plans for the new headquarters and the pandemic’s effects on the agency’s myriad programs.

For the full interview, click here.

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