Portrait of Michael Wirth-Davis
Leadership and Management Area

Michael Wirth-Davis

Adjunct Faculty Member

Michael Wirth-Davis is president and CEO of Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota. He began his tenure November 1990. He has more than 35 years of experience in a variety of nonprofit and community leadership positions. Interests include: ethics, board governance, strategic planning, organizational development, leadership and management, public policy, and international rehabilitation.

He serves on the Workability International board of directors and has served on local boards, including the Minnesota’s Charities Review Council, The Nonprofit Assistance Fund (chair), Books for Africa, and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. He has served on the Baldrige Minnesota Quality Award panel of judges. Since 1981, he has served as a national surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). 

Wirth-Davis has served in national leadership roles for both GII and National Easter Seals. He has chaired the GII Board’s Brand Committee. He serves as faculty for GII’s Executive Leadership Program, focusing on ethics. Wirth-Davis is a frequent keynoter and presenter at local and national training conferences.

In 2011, Wirth-Davis received Goodwill Industries International’s P.J. Trevethan Award for outstanding contributions to the training and development of personnel.  In 2010 he received the Transformational Leader Award from the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. Wirth-Davis is also a recipient of Goodwill Industries International’s Kenneth K. King Leadership Award and Easter Seals National’s Medders Award.

Wirth-Davis is also an adjunct faculty member in Hamline University’s School of Business graduate program in nonprofit management.

He holds a doctoral degree in public administration and management and has done continued education at Harvard University and Kadar Haas University in Turkey.