Katy Gaul-Stigge

Katy Gaul-Stigge is the President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, Inc., one of a national network of 155 nonprofit organizations serving individuals with disabilities and other barriers to connect to employment.  She joined this historic social enterprise 2016. In 2020, during the pandemic Goodwill NYNJ served over 14,000 individuals virtually and in person with mental health, job training, transitional work, and job coaching.  Including keeping people in work and placing nearly 1400 in new jobs outside of Goodwill thrift stores.  Gaul-Stigge oversees the operations of 64 Goodwill NYNJ programs and 23 retail locations in the New York City metropolitan area, Northern New Jersey, Long Island, and the capital region of NY. Last year, Goodwill NYNJ launched a bridge pathway pilot to prepare job-seekers for advanced technology training programs. The Thrift retail operations opened first multi-purpose outlet, eCommerce, warehouse facility, launched the Curated concept, created new corporate donation opportunities, and rescued over 43 million pounds of clothes, shoes and household items from the landfill in 2020.    

Prior to Goodwill, she led workforce and human service initiatives in key City-wide agencies in her fourteen years of city service.  Gaul-Stigge gained national attention for her development of Mayor de Blasio’s Career Pathways strategy as the Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development. Her leadership includes service as Deputy Commissioner at Human Resources Administration (HRA) for Employment & Contracts workforce program including the Back 2 Work, launching Jobs-Plus, and subsidized job programs. Gaul-Stigge was also Assistant Commissioner at New York City’s Small Business Services (SBS) where she led the Training and Advancement team which launched NYC Training Guide and expanded anti-poverty programs for working New Yorkers.  Katy Gaul-Stigge lives in Brooklyn and is a graduate of Columbia School of Social Work and Mt. Holyoke College. She is a member of Coro Leadership NY, Greater NY, and is a mentor for 92 St Y Women in Power fellows. She wears clothes from Goodwill every day.