Palmetto Goodwill has filled a newly created executive position.
Elliott Smalley is the new chief of mission and marketing officer with the organization.
Smalley is a familiar face at Palmetto Goodwill, having served as the project manager of a new adult education enterprise, The Palmetto Excel Center, for the last 10 months, a Palmetto Goodwill news release stated.
He has worked with the Palmetto Excel Board, the PG Board, and a diverse planning committee of community leaders to move years of discussion and planning into tangible results with a clear plan for opening in 2023, according to the release. Smalley led the group’s efforts to secure approval for a charter school, creating a path for adults over the age of 21 to earn high school diplomas and laying the groundwork state funding for the school.
“I welcome Elliot to our team and look forward to him helping us achieve excellence and drive impact in our community,” Brian Itzkowitz, president, and CEO, said in the release. “Working with both Palmetto Excel and Palmetto Goodwill over the last 10 months, Elliot has gotten the ‘Goodwill Burn’ and believes deeply that everyone deserves the opportunity to thrive. He has a passion for equity, community, and making a difference, which you can see in his background in education and communications.
“He is excited about joining a team that helps people lead the lives they want to lead, and see their lives change through education, training, and employment.”
Smalley previously served as the deputy superintendent of strategy and communications for the Charleston County School District, the chief of staff and communications at the Achievement School District in Tennessee, and as superintendent of the South Carolina Public Charter School District, according to the release.
Smalley has over 20 years of experience working in public education and creating and implementing high-impact programs with positive outcomes for students, families and community, the release stated.
“I am excited to join the Palmetto Goodwill team and to get behind the mission of helping people reach their full potential through the dignity and power of work,” Smalley said in the release. “We have nearly 60,000 adults in the Tri-County area with less than a diploma, and we can really do something about that by expanding and strengthening our programs and launching the new Palmetto Excel Center.”