Ed Lada, Jr., was appointed to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Community Development Advisory Council on January 1, 2021. Lada is the president/CEO of Goodwill of Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas. MoKan Goodwill is a 127-year-old nonprofit social enterprise that serves 82 counties across Missouri and Kansas and employs nearly 500 across operations, including 14 donated goods retail stores.

Lada led the launch of the Artemis Initiative at Goodwill, which focuses on “new collar” jobs in advance tech for people with barriers to employment. He is a member of the Goodwill Industries International CEO Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and of the Goodwill Business Development Collaborative steering committee. Lada also serves on the Business Advisory Council of the Xavier University of New Orleans Division of Business.

Lada earned a BLS in social sciences from Loyola University of New Orleans, and a Master of Public Administration in ethical leadership from Marist College.