Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina Announces New Vice President of Community and Workforce Development

February 2, 2024

Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina (GIUMSC) is pleased to announce that Monique McDaniels is now the Vice President of Community and Workforce Development. Monique joined the organization over 2 years ago to lead the Community Engagement Division, which encompasses marketing, philanthropic giving, advocacy, governmental affairs and grants management. In her new role, McDaniels will now oversee the organization’s mission services, including Job Connections, the Mission Mobile unit, all training programs, mission integration, learning and development, and grants management. Her division is also responsible for providing vocational services to individuals with a documented disability and GIUMSC’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.

Monique McDaniels has been an engaged community developer for nearly 20 years. She has distinguished herself as a strong leader who consistently provides creative ideas on how to strategically build relationships and remove barriers. Moreover, she has worked hard to develop a reputation for her tenacity and her unique ability to tackle challenging situations with a professional and balanced approach. Monique’s greatest strength exists in her ability to effectively manage complex situations while also inspiring people under her leadership to work toward a common goal. She has a heart for service and aspires to move our community forward.

 “I’m thrilled to have Monique transition into this new role,” said Pat Michaels, President and CEO of GIUMSC. “She embodies the mission of Goodwill and has proven to be an out-of-the-box thinker who drives results. Over the past two years, Monique has elevated our brand and enhanced our community awareness. I look forward to how she will expand our impact within the communities we serve.”

McDaniels holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, a master’s degree in public administration and she is a certified project manager.  She has a profound professional portfolio and extensive experience in the following areas: written, verbal and video communications, crisis management, media relations, marketing, research, event planning, project management, program development, strategic operations, governmental affairs, neighborhood planning, grant management, zoning regulations, policy development, operational efficiency, and constituent services.

“I am truly humbled and excited about the opportunity to expand my role within the organization. Nothing gives me greater pride and joy than helping individuals reach their full potential and achieve their goals,” said McDaniels. “I make the choice every day to give all I have to ensure someone else can have what they need!”