Goodwill announces new president, CEO

Veteran nonprofit leader to replace retiring Lifsey

David Lifsey, the longstanding president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, announced today he is retiring.

Matthew Bourlakas has been named Lifsey’s replacement and will start July 1.

Lifsey (on the left in photo) began his career with the nonprofit in 1969 as director of rehabilitation. In 1973, he was named president and CEO. At the time, there were approximately 125 employees on the payroll, and fewer than 250 people were served through the employment and transitional program.

Today, Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee employs more than 2,000 people in Middle and West Tennessee. More than 16,000 clients were served through the nonprofit’s career solutions program in 2012.

“I have been inspired by the determination shown by our clients and employees as they overcome obstacles to successful employment,” Lifsey said in a release. “There can be no better reward gained from a job than to know you have helped others.”

Bourlakas, whom the Goodwill board named in May, has 16 years of leadership experience with nonprofit organizations. For the last eight years, he has served as the chief operating officer for Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. Prior to that, Bourlakas served as the director of health and safety services for the Nashville Area Chapter of the American Red Cross.

“Matthew’s work experience and knowledge alone would make him a fine selection for the job, but his belief in and passion for Goodwill’s mission make him an excellent selection,” Lifsey said. “His leadership will insure that Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee will continue to thrive and remain a positive force changing the lives of the people we are privileged to serve.”