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Dawn Goodman

Hometown: Greenbelt, MD

Dawn Goodman’s nonprofit service in the Washington metropolitan region spans three decades. As a consultant and former trainer of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement, Dawn has helped dozens of arts, education, research, and healthcare organizations increase program efficacy, public awareness, and organizational funding in innovative and sustainable ways. Dawn has successfully strategized and written grant applications for start-up nonprofits and large institutions like National Minority AIDS Council, The Foundation Schools and Inova Health Systems. Most recently, Dawn has cultivated several strong corporate funding and program content relationships for Arts on the Block — a powerhouse social enterprise creating real workforce infrastructure in the creative economy.

Dawn received her BA in Journalism with a minor in Sociology from Washington DC’s Howard University, where she was the copy editor of the Bison newspaper. Nearly 30 years later, she earned her Master of Divinity (cum laude) from Capital Seminary.

A serial-volunteer, Dawn’s time away from Elevate is spent serving her local congregation, mentoring through partnerships with regional nonprofits and governmental agencies (like Prince George’s County Jail), and supporting the diversity and capacity-building efforts of Greenbelt Community Foundation,

Dawn also loves spending time with her adult children Jordan (the writer) and Jared (the artist), and her sorority sisters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Bowling, Words with Friends and Netflix docs all have rooms in her happy place.

What is your hidden talent?

I recently got into furniture restoration. I love it (super-relaxing) and I'm pretty good at it. Who knew?!

What punctuation mark would you be and why?

I would be an ellipsis because it signals that it's okay for people to hesitate, falter...or, have something more to say.

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

Brunch with friends or a long, snugly nap after Sunday church service. The best!

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