EXECUTIVE: Maria Cherjovsky, Vice President of Mission Services and Workforce Innovation
LOCATION: Headquartered in Orlando, FL
Maria Cherjovsky recently joined Goodwill Industries of Central Florida as vice president of mission services and workforce innovation, where she is charged with ensuring the organization’s programs are doing all they can to fulfill Goodwill’s mission — as well as coming up with innovative ways to get people back to work in our rapidly changing economy.
Before coming to Goodwill, Cherjovsky spent 25 years in workforce development, most recently serving as director of programs, partnership and community development at the University of Central Florida. While at UCF, she worked to identify obstacles to employment and develop creative solutions to connect a diverse student population with suitable jobs.
Her goal is to help Goodwill better train prospective employees for today’s job market. That means increasing the focus on computer programming and development as well as the trade skills, such as computer maintenance and repair, to support that growing industry. Other fields she sees great opportunity in include teaching, construction and healthcare. She hopes to tap these job markets through invigorated collaboration with new community partners.
Cherjovsky earned an accounting/business analyst degree from Universidad de Belgrano in Argentina. She went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in business administration, a master’s degree in instructional systems design and a graduate certificate in career counseling, all from the University of Central Florida. Cherjovsky is also pursuing a doctorate (Ed.D.) in higher education leadership, policy studies and human performance from UCF. In addition, she has served as president of the Central Florida Region of the Florida Diversity Council since 2012.