New CEO of local nonprofit starts job with listening tour

Darrin Goss Sr. started as CEO of Coastal Communuity Foundation on Fed. 15.

The new leader of one of the Charleston region’s largest charitable organizations plans to spend his first few months on the job on a “listening tour.”

Darrin Goss Sr. started as president and chief executive officer of Coastal Community Foundation on Monday. The group said the James Island native, who recently relocated to his home town from Louisiana, will use his first 100 days to meet with different constituents around the Lowcountry “to identify local issues that matter to donors, nonprofits and other community partners.”

Goss previously was CEO of Capital Area United Way in Baton Rouge since mid-2013. Before that, he was a vice president at the United Way of Greenville County in the Upstate for six years and directed multicultural affairs at Wofford College in Spartanburg. He also was an officer in the Army.

His new job puts him in charge of an 42-year-old organization that manages about $225 million in endowments and other philanthropic funds. Coastal Community Foundation administered grants totaling $20 million to numerous nonprofit organizations in its last fiscal year.

The group serves Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry and Jasper counties. Its headquarters are on Rutledge Avenue.

The nonprofit began seeking a new leader after George Stevens resigned as CEO in April. Richard Hendry had been serving as interim president and CEO.

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The foundation hired a national executive search firm to recruit a full-time leader and 20 candidates described as “serious” applicants sought out the job. The list was later cut to four finalists.

Goss’ hiring was annocunced in December. He has a bachelor’s degree from Wofford and a master’s degree from North Greenville University.

Contact John McDermott at 843-937-5572.