Southern L.A. County Goodwill makes two appointments to its board

Goodwill, Serving the People of Southern Los Angeles County (GoodwillSOLAC), recently named Dan Descargar and Helen Najar to its board of trustees. Their combined expertise in the fields of communications, planning, engineering and project management is significant to continuing and growing GoodwillSOLAC’s mission to provide education, skill development and job opportunities for people with barriers to employment.
Goodwill board appointees pic 1 of 2 Descargar is the strategy manager for the Retail Market Development Department at Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc., in Torrance. He brings to GoodwillSOLAC’s board an extensive experience in marketing, market analysis, tactical and strategic analysis generating statistical models and forecasts. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from UCLA.
His community involvement includes volunteering for the UCLA Alumni Association, mentoring, and serving on the scholarship committee. He has volunteered for the Los Angeles Mission and served as a team member for Habitat for Humanity.
Goodwill board appointees pic 2 of 2 Najar is a lifelong resident of Long Beach. She was integral to the successful and historic re-opening of Community Hospital of Long Beach and served as a member of the governing board for the hospital for many years after the opening.
Najar serves as the Governor’s appointed commissioner for the California Emergency Medical Services Authority. In 2003, she was appointed to the Los Angeles Department of Public Social Services Commission. She is a member of the Long Beach Police Foundation Board of Directors and serves on the LBUSD School for Adults Advisory Council.
Since 2003, Najar has been a licensed realtor consultant affiliated with Re/Max College Park, a strong advocate for elevating the image of the industry and a legislative watchdog. The California Association of Realtors named her as a Community Leader and she has served as a partner in the family business for more than 30 years.
Last year, GoodwillSOLAC provided services for more than 7,000 people, trained more than 1,000 and placed 162 people in competitive employment. GoodwillSOLAC’s e-waste recycling, retail and Shred-4-Good document shredding services diverted more than 15 million pounds of product from landfills, which was recycled and reused.

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