Joint Statement on Behalf of The Andrew Goodman Foundation and Alexandria Harris

The Andrew Goodman Foundation (AGF) announces, with appreciation and regret, that its President, Alexandria Harris, has announced her resignation.

Alexandria Harris was the first chief executive from outside the Goodman family. A graduate of Spelman College and Harvard Law School, Ms. Harris’ first day at AGF was the first day that the organization began working remotely. While other organizations struggled during the pandemic, AGF thrived in every strategic growth area in 2020 under Ms. Harris’ leadership. She built operational foundations; hired, trained, and retained diverse talented staff; more than doubled our programmatic reach; magnified our digital organizing; raised new sources of funding; and masterfully contributed to a historic youth voter turnout during an election of a lifetime!

Ms. Harris said: “I am proud of the work that I was able to accomplish at AGF with the most talented and committed staff that I have ever worked with, many of whom came to the organization because they believed in my vision for the organization. I cannot thank the staff enough for their loyalty and hard work. They have made me enormously proud and have carried themselves with immense integrity worthy of our namesake. I also appreciate the contributions of the Board who volunteer their time and money often thanklessly because of their unquestionable commitment to magnifying young people’s voices and votes in our democracy. I wish The Andrew Goodman Foundation continued success in its efforts, particularly in serving young people of color.”

Robert Masters, the Chair of the AGF Board, said: “We are deeply grateful to Alex for her service to AGF and the legacy of Andy Goodman. Taking the helm at the outset of the pandemic, and then guiding us through the most complicated national election in modern times, was an extraordinary feat of leadership. We are confident she will continue to make a profound impact in the civil rights and social justice communities for a long time to come.”