Our People

Staff

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.


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.

DAVID GOODMAN

DAVID GOODMAN

President

David Goodman is the brother of Andrew Goodman, the President of The Andrew Goodman Foundation, and member 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 Trustee Emeritus of the Antioch College Board of Trustees. He brings extensive experience in developing and expanding organizations.

ERIKA R. BURNETT

ERIKA R. BURNETT

Regional Program Manager

Erika Burnett is a Regional Program Manager at The Andrew Goodman Foundation. Based in Nashville, TN, Erika has many years of experience in volunteer management and civic engagement, youth development, team building, leadership exploration, and generational differences. Erika received her B.A. in English Education from Tennessee State University and her M.Ed. in Community Development Action from Vanderbilt University. She is a proud AmeriCorps, Nashville Emerging Leader, New Leaders Council & Leadership Donelson Hermitage Alum who has been committed to Nashville’s nonprofit community for over 14 years. She enjoys teaching various genres of dance with underserved populations and whispering to the plants in her garden.

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.

TARYN DWYER

TARYN DWYER

Program and Fellowship Manager

Taryn Dwyer is a Program and Fellowship 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.

KEVIN HURTADO

KEVIN HURTADO

Development Manager

Kevin Hurtado is the Development Manager at The 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.

MARIAH ROSS

MARIAH ROSS

Digital Marketing Manager

Mariah Ross is the Digital Marketing Manager at The Andrew Goodman Foundation. She earned a Bachelor of Science magna cum laude in Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University, with minors in Economics and French. Prior to joining our team, Mariah worked at Charity Navigator as a Program Analyst, where she was responsible for the evaluation of America's largest nonprofits, and as Sector Communications Coordinator, where she conceptualized and executed various communications campaigns. Mariah is passionate about utilizing data to inform marketing strategy and impact measurement.

CHRISTINA SANDERS

CHRISTINA SANDERS

Regional Program Manager

Christina Sanders is a Regional Program Manager at The Andrew Goodman Foundation. A Texas native, her practical expertise is engaging and training young people to be involved in elections, build issue campaigns and organize their peers to vote. She is passionate about women's right and spends her free time teaching Texas women to understand public policy. Christina is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Mater's in Public Administration (Public Policy) from the Barbara Jordan - Mickey LeLand School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University.

MARGARET SASSER

MARGARET SASSER

Program and Communications Manager

Margaret Sasser is a Programs and Communications Manager at The Andrew Goodman Foundation. Through her joint role in the Vote Everywhere program and the Communications department, she works with college students to promote civic engagement on their campuses and to tell their stories. Prior to joining the AGF, 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, anti-bias 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. Born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama, Margaret is passionate about civil rights issues, storytelling, and helping students to become active 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.

KRISTY SMITH

KRISTY SMITH

Bookkeeper

Kristy Smith is the Bookkeeper at The Andrew Goodman Foundation. She is responsible for processing and recording all financial transactions and will work to ensure efficient financial operations of the Foundation. Kristy holds a BA in Psychology and Educational Studies from the University of Delaware. She recently moved back to the area from Long Island, where she lived for over 10 years. While there she began her career in finance for a local non-profit that helps victims of Domestic Violence. Kristy is happy to be able to continue to work in the non-profit world and support the important mission of The Andrew Goodman Foundation.

RYAN SPAIN

RYAN SPAIN

David Rudenstine Postgraduate Public Service Legal Fellow

Ryan Spain is the David Rudenstine Postgraduate Public Service Legal Fellow with the Andrew Goodman Foundation. Ryan received his law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He also received his Master’s Degree from New York University and earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Rhode Island. Throughout his time in law school, Ryan consistently sought out opportunities in the public interest arena. He did legal work with an economic development corporation and policy work with a local State Senator’s office as well as the Miami-Dade Democratic Party. Ryan hopes to build on his public interest experience and continue on with a career in politics, public policy, and advocacy.

NICOLE TAYLOR

NICOLE TAYLOR

Program Manager

Nicole Taylor is a Vote Everywhere Program Manager at the Andrew Goodman Foundation. She graduated from Hamilton College with her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Government. Nicole began organizing students around voter engagement and leadership development while with the Campus Vote Project as an intern and 2018 Student Advisory Board Secretary. She used the skills gained from these experiences to partner with Hamilton College faculty and administrators to found Hamilton’s voter engagement organization, HamVotes. She chaired the HamVotes Student Ambassador Team and led their voter registration, education, and turnout efforts throughout 2018. Nicole is passionate about civic and voter engagement, particularly among students, and is excited to empower Vote Everywhere Ambassadors to make the ballot more accessible on their campuses.

MAXIM THORNE, ESQ.

MAXIM THORNE, ESQ.

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.

PAIGE TRUBATCH

PAIGE TRUBATCH

Programs and Office Assistant

Paige is the Programs and Office Assistant at The Andrew Goodman Foundation. She graduated from Emerson College with a B.A. in Writing, Literature, and Publishing. While in Boston, Paige became involved with her college’s Office of Service Learning and Community Action, completing the AmeriCorps Student Leaders in Service program as a senior. During this time, she volunteered on urban farms alongside high school-aged leaders and mailed packages with a local books-to-prison program, among other opportunities. Paige continues to be passionate about sharing resources and correspondence with incarcerated individuals, as well as volunteering with community-focused farms. Prior to joining AGF, she worked at The Garden Club of America, where she provided administrative support for member garden clubs across the country, in addition to several volunteer-led national committees.

YAEL BROMBERG, ESQ.

YAEL BROMBERG, ESQ.

Chief Counsel for Voting Rights (Outside Counsel)

Yael is a constitutional rights attorney with fifteen years of experience in community organizing, advocacy, and campaigns. Formerly, she served as a supervising attorney and teaching fellow at Georgetown University Law Center’s Civil Rights Clinic and Voting Rights Institute, where she received an L.L.M. in Advocacy with distinction. She previously worked in the Washington, D.C. headquarters of Common Cause, and clerked for the late Honorable Dickinson R. Debevoise in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. Yael is a graduate of Rutgers Law, where she was a Kinoy/Stavis Fellow in the Rutgers Constitutional Litigation Clinic, an Ella Baker Fellow with the Center for Constitutional Rights, and received upon graduation the Eli Jarmel Memorial Award for greatest interest and proficiency in public interest law. In 2015, she received the Eric Neisser Public Service Alumni Award in recognition of her work in democracy law. Yael is barred in New York, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia. Yael is presently outside counsel to The Andrew Goodman Foundation and is Principal of Bromberg Law LLC.

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