Matthew S. Bourlakas Biography

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Matthew S. Bourlakas
President and Chief Executive Officer
Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee Inc.
Nashville, Tennessee

Appointed: January 2017
Term expires: December 31, 2022

Matthew S. Bourlakas has served as president and chief executive officer of Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee Inc. in Nashville, Tennessee, since 2013. Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee Inc. is one of 157 independent community-based Goodwill organizations in the United States and Canada. They collect donations of used clothing and other household goods to resell at retail stores and provide job training and job opportunities through their Career Solutions Centers. They operate 32 stores in Middle Tennessee and employ more than 1,500 staff members. Revenues in 2019 were $65 million.

He previously served as chief operating officer of Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee from 2005 to 2013 and held various leadership positions with the American Red Cross from 1998 to 2005. He also served as director of communication with Mental Health America from 1997 to 1998.

Mr. Bourlakas is a member of the board of directors of the Nashville Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Nashville and a member of the Leadership of Middle Tennessee (Class of 2016). He also serves on the QIO Governing Board for Ascend Maximus and was selected to be in the Leadership Nashville class of 2022.

He received a BA degree in English from the University of the South in 1987 and an MMC degree in mass communication from the University of South Carolina in 1995.