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September 2017



New York, NY – Goodwill® Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, Inc., is pleased to announce that Dolores Swirin-Yao has joined as Executive Vice President, Mission Services, effective September 18, 2017. Ms. Swirin-Yao was previously President and CEO of Bideawee, Inc. and has over 30 years of non-profit management experience specializing in starting up, turning around and taking organizations to the next level. At this position, she will oversee all human services programs of the Astoria-based social enterprise.

Katy Gaul-Stigge, Goodwill NYNJ President and CEO says: “I am delighted that Dolores has joined the team. She has vast experience to invest in innovative programs that better serve our communities, align with our mission, and have the resources to sustain its operations.”

For more than three decades, Ms. Swirin-Yao has  held top executive positions with a strong track record of fundraising results and initiating comprehensive, measurable programmatic initiatives. At Bideawee, the 114-year-old animal rescue charity, she oversaw  a $10 million budget, a staff of 90, three properties in Manhattan and Long Island, and two veterinary hospitals.  Previously, she was Executive Director of the York College Foundation and Vice President for Institutional Advancement at York College of the City University of New York, an 8000-student public college in Jamaica, Queens. She was Chief Executive Officer for Girl Scout Council of Greater New York, with 22,000 girl members and 7,400 adult volunteers. As Executive Director for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society New York City Chapter, she was responsible for patient services, advocacy and fundraising programs in the five boroughs of New York City.  Earlier, Ms. Swirin-Yao served as Chief Development Officer at the American Red Cross in Greater New York.  

Ms. Swirin-Yao is a Columbia University alumna. She received an M.A. in French Literature from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and a B.A. in French, Cum Laude, from the School of General Studies.   She has taught graduate courses in nonprofit management as an adjunct lecturer at the Baruch College School of Public Affairs /CUNY. 

About Goodwill NYNJ

Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, Inc. is a social enterprise that provides workforce development services, and retail and business opportunities. Our mission is to empower individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment to gain independence through the power or work. The Astoria-based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization is  a member of the network of 162 agencies of Goodwill Industries International, each with a designated region. 

Our 43 retail stores support our mission through the sale of new and slightly used donated goods while providing training and employment for our core constituency. GoodTemps, our temporary staffing division, places 700 individuals in jobs weekly in private companies and City and State agencies. Our welfare to work programs offer resources and supports to break the cycle of poverty for those facing significant barriers.

Since our beginnings in Brooklyn 102  years ago, we have helped Greater New York area residents become work-ready so they can build better lives for themselves and their families.

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Jose Medellin

Director of Communications

Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, Inc.

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