Esther Guzman – Executive Assistant to the President & CEO

Esther has 25 years of experience in the retail and finance industries with positions as a Customer Service Representative, Coordinator, Administrative Assistant and Executive Assistant. She has also been a Personal Assistant to investors with affiliations in entertainment, production and real estate. In 2005 she moved to Bakersfield and worked part time as an Assistant in her father’s trucking company while raising a family and completing her education. Throughout her life, she has advocated for the disabled and medically uninsured and wanted to be part of an organization where its mission is to help others. In 2015, she came to Goodwill on a temporary assignment and a month later was hired on as a full-time employee. Esther began her career at Goodwill as a Customer Service Coordinator, promoted to Benefits Coordinator and in 2019 became Executive Assistant to the President and CEO.

“From the beginning of my career at Goodwill Industries of South Central California, I have witnessed the positive impact this organization has on people with barriers and the community. I am grateful for the opportunity Goodwill has given me to fulfill my mission and be part of a team who inspires others to make a difference.”

Favorite quote: “Music is the universal language of mankind.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

What is your favorite thing to do? “Listening to my husband play the piano with such passion while I cook then watching my kids devour the food I cooked, with passion!”

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up? “I wanted to be a pro wrestler/comedian. Cracking jokes in between body slams sounds like fun.”

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