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A passionate group of activists and change agents committed to building a more peaceful and just world, our staff works to inflict long-lasting change by supporting the next generation of civic leaders.


DAVID GOODMAN

DAVID GOODMAN

President

David Goodman is the brother of Andrew Goodman and the President of The Andrew Goodman Foundation and Chairman of its Board of Directors. Professionally, David is a civil engineer and holds an MBA from Stanford University. He is presently a Principal of North Arrows LLC, which specializes in power and energy investments. David is a member of the Global Leadership Council of the NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), member of US Green Building Council, member of American Solar Energy Society, member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, on the Advisory Board of the Natural History Museum of The Adirondacks and a member of the Antioch College Board of Trustees. He brings extensive experience in developing and expanding organizations.

SYLVIA GOLBIN GOODMAN

SYLVIA GOLBIN GOODMAN

Executive Director

Sylvia Golbin Goodman is the Executive Director of The Andrew Goodman Foundation and a member of its Board of Directors. She leads the Foundation’s programming and organizational development and originated the Hidden Heroes Awards and the Vote Everywhere program. Before joining The AGF, Sylvia was the Director of Corporate Communications for United American Energy Corp. from 1989 to 2001. She is an experienced educator who served for 13 years as a tenured English teacher, guidance counselor and dean for the NYC Board of Education as well as two years as an Adjunct Professor of English at Bergen Community College. In addition, Sylvia is a trained Life Coach and Earth Wisdom Teacher. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Business Council for Peace. Sylvia earned a B.A. (English) from Connecticut College in 1967, an M.A. (Education) from Syracuse University in 1968 and an M.S. (Counseling) from Fordham University in 1972.

NICOLE COSTA

NICOLE COSTA

Vote Everywhere Program Manager

Nicole Costa is one of Andrew Goodman Foundation’s Vote Everywhere Program Managers. She graduated from the College of the Holy Cross where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Peace and Conflict Studies interdisciplinary concentration. As a highly active student leader, Nicole developed a passion for higher education and the power of student engagement on social justice issues. During her senior year, she focused her academics on the intersection of her studies and student leadership work, studying the impact of politico-economic norms on public higher education. Nicole previously worked in Student Services at Seton Hall University where she advised student leaders on campus community development.

KARENA CRONIN

KARENA CRONIN

Vote Everywhere Program Director

Karena Cronin is the Program Director of Vote Everywhere, The Andrew Goodman Foundation’s flagship youth and democracy initiative. In her role, she works closely with a national network of colleges and universities to amplify young voices in our democracy. Karena has extensive civic engagement experience, having worked domestically and internationally to enable diverse forms of engagement through research, convening, and program development. She spent the last 10 years in South Africa, working with local and international non-profit organizations such as CIVICUS and Charities Aid Foundation Southern Africa to strengthen youth civic service, corporate employee volunteering, and international volunteering in support of development and social change. Prior to her work in South Africa, Karena was a Council of Women World Leaders Fellow and the Associate Director of the Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in America at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She holds a B.A. cum laude (Political Science and Sociology) from Union College and a Master of International Affairs (Economic and Political Development) from Columbia University.

EMILY CURRAN

EMILY CURRAN

Communications and Development Manager

Emily Curran is the Communications and Development Manager of The Andrew Goodman Foundation. Emily holds a Ph.D. in History and Culture from Drew University, where she focused on twentieth-century American cultural history, culminating in a dissertation entitled, “Natural and Technological Wonders: Embracing Modernity at Carlsbad Caverns National Park.” She received her Bachelor’s degree in History and American Studies from Ramapo College, where she now teaches as an adjunct professor. Prior to joining AGF, she worked as the Visitor Services Coordinator at the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, and she remains an active volunteer with the museum.

TARYN DWYER

TARYN DWYER

Vote Everywhere Program Manager

Taryn Dwyer is a Vote Everywhere Program Manager at The Andrew Goodman Foundation. She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Siena College, in the Capital Region of New York. With multiple organizing, lobbying and advocacy opportunities in Albany, Taryn’s professional interest for student leadership and social justice flourished. She went on to complete her Master of Science in Social Work at Columbia University, where she currently co-lectures on topics of power, race, oppression, and privilege. Taryn has additional experience in clinical therapeutic practice, student leadership, and academic research, and has a strong passion for civic engagement and activism, particularly among students.

KEVON HAUGHTON

KEVON HAUGHTON

Vote Everywhere Program Manager

As a Vote Everywhere Program Manager, Kevon Haughton plays a key role in managing The Andrew Goodman Foundation’s signature program. He is a recent graduate of Rutgers University – Newark, which was ranked as the 5th most innovative school for public service in the country in 2015. There he received a BA in Public Administration & Non-profit Management as well as a minor in African American Studies. Kevon has a passion for civic engagement, civil rights as well as youth leadership. He has spent over 6 years working with various nonprofit and youth organizations such as the Newark Debate Academy, Citizen Schools, and the Harvard Debate Council Workshop, and hopes to continue volunteering his time to inspire and mentor students to improve their lives and communities.

KEVIN HURTADO

KEVIN HURTADO

Communications and Development Associate

Kevin Hurtado is the Communications and Development Associate at Andrew Goodman Foundation. He graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey with a Bachelor's in International Studies and a minor in Human Rights and Genocide. During his time at Ramapo, Kevin worked at the college's Women's Center as a Program Coordinator, where he grew a passion for social justice. He was also selected to participate in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Summer Program, where he was placed in the Office of Congressman Charles Rangel. Previously, Kevin worked as an Executive Assistant and Officer Manager at Newark Charter School Fund, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting educational equity in the city of Newark.

JUSTYNA KRYGOWSKA

JUSTYNA KRYGOWSKA

Communications Director

Justyna Krygowska is the Communications Director of The Andrew Goodman Foundation. In her role, she manages a variety of projects to ensure the Foundation’s brand and programs are reinforced with quality communications. Prior to joining AGF, Justyna worked at Rising Tide Capital where she helped revitalize underserved communities in New Jersey through microenterprise development. In her spare time, Justyna runs her own business, Ladybug Design Studios, serves on the board of directors for the Passaic County SPCA, and is a mentor for The Pesce Family Mentoring Institute at William Paterson University. Justyna holds a Bachelor’s degree in Integrated Design with a concentration in Communication Design and Design & Management from Parsons the New School for Design. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Arts and Letters from Drew University.

MARGARET SASSER

MARGARET SASSER

Program Development and Evaluation Manager

Margaret Sasser is Vote Everywhere's Program Development and Evaluation Manager. Prior to joining The Andrew Goodman Foundation, she worked at Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center that supports equitable school experiences for all students. As a Research Associate, she developed social justice professional development and curricular resources for K-12 educators. She is a two-time graduate of the University of Alabama, where she obtained a Master's degree in American Studies, focusing on American popular music, and a Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, concentrating on gender and race theory. Margaret is passionate about civil rights issues and helping students to become active and engaged members of their communities.

ANNA SCHWARZ

ANNA SCHWARZ

Chief Financial Officer

Anna Schwarz is the Chief Financial Officer at The Andrew Goodman Foundation. As CFO, Ms. Schwarz provides strategic leadership and oversight for all accounting, financial reporting, cash management, and corporate matters. She is also responsible for assessing organizational performance against both the annual budget and long-term strategy. Ms. Schwarz has extensive financial management experience, including cash forecasting, financial reporting, internal control systems, and compliance. She holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Delaware and an MBA from Montclair State University. Prior to joining the AGF, Ms. Schwarz was Assistant Treasurer for United American Energy Corp. where she supervised all treasury, corporate secretary, and process improvement activities with a focus on developing policies and procedures to improve performance and productivity. She was appointed to the Board of Trustees of her local public library where she served as Treasurer and financial liaison to the mayor and council.

MATTHEW STEVENS

MATTHEW STEVENS

Communications and Development Intern

Matthew Stevens is a Communications and Development Intern at The Andrew Goodman Foundation. He is a senior at Ramapo College of New Jersey majoring in Communication Arts with a focus on Global Communications and Media Studies. As a highly active student, Matthew developed a passion for the media and politics, and how the two are perceived throughout the United States. During his senior year, he managed several campus events regarding sustainability, which promoted climate change awareness and encouraged civic engagement for policy change. Previously, Matthew worked as a political volunteer for Phil Murphy’s New Jersey gubernatorial campaign as well as promoting get-out-the-vote efforts in his community.

MAXIM THORNE

MAXIM THORNE

Managing Director

Maxim Thorne is the Managing Director of The Andrew Goodman Foundation. Formerly, Maxim was the Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer of the NAACP, the Chief Operating Officer of the Human Rights Campaign, and the Executive Director of NJ Head Start Association. In his spare time he manages a social justice crowdfunding website, JusticeInvestor. Maxim earned a B.A. cum laude (Econs and PolSci) from Yale College and a J.D. from Yale Law School. Mr. Thorne has taught at Yale University and Rutgers University. He has served on the board of directors of many organizations, including the Board of Governors of the Yale University, Executive Committee of The Yale Law School, Yale Black Alumni Association, The North Star Fund, Amistad Research Center, Barnert Hospital Foundation and Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan New Jersey.

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