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(Spokane, WA) – Clark Brekke, President & CEO of Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest, was elected Secretary of the Board of Goodwill Industries International (GII) at the annual Board meeting in Washington, D.C. on April 7. Brekke will serve a one-year term as Secretary, from June 2017 – May 2018. He will continue as a member of the Board until 2020.
“I am honored by the opportunity to serve on the executive committee of the GII Board,” said Brekke following the Board Meeting on Friday. “The Board of GII is comprised of some truly bright and intelligent leaders at other Goodwill agencies, as well as outside businesses and non-profit organizations. As a member of the Board of GII, our local Goodwill voice has input and influence in the vision and unity of the Goodwill movement as we plan for our next 100 years.”
Goodwill Industries International’s Board of Directors is comprised of sixteen Goodwill member CEOs, and sixteen “lay” business leader members.
Brekke’s confirmation as Secretary of the Board is tied to his leadership and innovation on key issues critical to the 162 Goodwill member agencies.
Brekke first joined the Board of Goodwill Industries International in 2014.
In addition to serving on the Board for Goodwill Industries International, Brekke also serves on the Board for Greater Spokane Incorporated, and is past-president of Spokane’s Rotary Club 21. Brekke joined Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest in 1993, and served in both mission services and retail operations. He became President/CEO in 2008. Under his leadership, the agency has experienced almost three-fold growth in people served each year, as well as marked growth in donated goods revenue, which funds the majority of the agency’s mission service programs.
Brekke received his undergraduate degree from University of Montana, and his Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University.
Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest began serving individuals and families in eastern Washington and north Idaho in 1939. Our mission is to help people overcome barriers to independence. We accomplish this through job training programs, assistance with resources, developing jobs in the community for people with employment barriers, rapid re-housing for veterans who are homeless, and more. More than 85 cents of every dollar earned from our retail stores supports over 20 local Goodwill programs, serving more than 6000 people every year. Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest employs more than 500 people and serves 23 counties in eastern Washington and north Idaho.