Katy Gaul-Stigge

CEO and President, Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey

Ms. Gaul-Stigge, a major force in workforce development strategy and policy, has led key citywide workforce development agencies for over a decade. She gained national and international attention for her development of Mayor de Blasio’s Career Pathways strategy. She succeeded William J. Forrester who retired after 33 years of service.

Previously, in her role as executive director of the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development, Ms. Gaul-Stigge coordinated workforce with economic development in all five boroughs, created a real time connection to businesses to ensure their needs were met, and effectively connected those New Yorkers seeking workforce services to quality jobs with opportunities for advancement.

Ms. Gaul-Stigge was also Deputy Commissioner of Employment and Contracts for the Human Resources Administration of the City of New York. In this position, she led HRA employment programs to enable New Yorkers on public assistance to find and keep a job – through the Back to Work, Jobs-Plus, and other specialized employment programs. Before that, Ms. Gaul-Stigge served as Assistant Commissioner of Workforce1 Training & Advancement at the Department of Small Business Services. In this position, she directed skills training programs and policy for the Individual Training Grants at the New York City Workforce1 Career Centers and led the Advance at work program to increase income for the working poor.

Ms. Gaul-Stigge graduated from Mount Holyoke College and received a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University.