New CEO named for Capital Area United Way

Darrin Goss Sr. Show caption
Darrin Goss Sr.

Darrin Goss Sr., a United Way leader from South Carolina, has been named president and chief executive officer of the Capital Area United Way.

Goss will start work in Baton Rouge on July 1.

“I am excited about the opportunity to join the Baton Rouge community and the Capital Area United Way,” Goss said in a news release Friday. “I am grateful to the board and community leaders for their confidence in my leadership.”

The Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, of which the Capital Area United Way is a member, assisted in the nationwide search and worked as a contact between the United Way board of directors and the nearly 100 qualified applicants.

Ann S. Williamson, president and CEO of LANO, said Goss’ competitiveness and leadership skills were two things that separated him from the other candidates.

“Darrin is an inherent uniter, he is incredible engaging and his excitement for community change is infectious,” Williamson said. “He is also very ambitious and has high expectations for himself and the community that he is apart of.”

Goss has held the position of vice president of community impact for the United Way of Greenville County since 2007. The United Way of Greenville County agency provides $6.5 million annually in program funding and support to 69 partner agencies and 106 programs.

In addition, the United Way of Greenville County makes an additional $2.9 million investment in community initiatives.

“We’re thrilled to have Darrin join our team and know that we have a passionate leader to guide Capital Area United Way,” Christy Reeves, board chair for the Capital Area United Way, said in the news release. “Darrin embodies the mission of United Way, making him the ideal choice to lead this iconic organization as it continues its important work in the capital area.

“We’ve come a long way over the past year and want to take this time to thank Richard Williams who has served as interim president and CEO for his superb leadership and management over the past 12 months,” Reeves said. “Richard has done a remarkable job, and we certainly saw a lot of positive changes under his tenure as interim.”

Williams, a retired BlueCross BlueShield Louisiana official, took over as interim president and CEO of the Capital Area United Way after former CEO Karen Profita resigned in May 2012.

Profita was one of three Capital Area United Way CEOs to resign from the job in a six-year span. Profita, hired in August 2008, replaced Howard Taylor, who resigned in May 2008 after 15 months on the job. Taylor replaced Ken Hinrichs, who resigned in November 2006 after nine years.