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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 its Board of Directors. Professionally, David is a Principal of North Arrows LLC, which specializes in power and energy investments and formerly owned a portion of ISE Corporation of San Diego, specializing in designing and manufacturing hybrid electric drive buses. David is a member of the Natural Resources Defense Council Global Leadership 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 Adirondack Natural History Museum (Wild Center) and a member of the Antioch College Board of Trustees.

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 developed the Hidden Heroes Awards. Sylvia was Director of Corporate Communications for United American Energy Corp. from 1989 to 2001 and also developed and delivered original leadership training for the company. Before that she was an English teacher, Guidance Counselor and Dean for the NYC Board of Education. Sylvia also trained as a Life Coach and Earth Wisdom Teacher. In addition to her work at The AGF, Sylvia teaches earth-based spirituality and supports personal and social transformation via Consult Northstar, the company she founded. Sylvia 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.

EMILY CURRAN

EMILY CURRAN

Communications & 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.

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 & 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. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Integrated Design with a concentration in Communication Design and Design & Management from Parsons the New School for Design. 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, and works towards ending animal cruelty by volunteering with the Passaic County SPCA.

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, an MBA from Montclair State University, and an active CPA license. 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.

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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