A Farewell, A New Director, and New Team Members for the Movement

GARE Family,
I am writing to say farewell and to share some exciting staffing changes for our team, about which you will see more detail below. First, though, I am hoping you will indulge me for a moment to offer a heartfelt
thank you.
For letting me join you in building this movement for racial equity.
For redefining public sector for the public good.
For your unflinching commitment to justice for all residents in our communities.

Fifty months ago, when I joined this nascent Government Alliance for Race and Equity, not many people knew that it existed, let alone what values anchored it. The notion that the public sector could be a catalyst for sustained, systemic erosion of elements of structural racism that marginalize millions of people of color in nearly every corner of the nation was at the same time highly provocative and only minimally espoused. But it was sufficiently compelling that it attracted me from my own work in federal service addressing equity issues because it firmly confronted the profound reality of race in the United States in a way that I did not see happening sufficiently in HUD or other agencies. My main question entering this arena was, would others believe? And if they did, would they act? And if they did, would it make a difference?
Yes. Yes. and yes. I quickly discovered that this work, driven by a small group of early adopters, had resonance not only for lifelong justice advocates such as myself, but for thousands of everyday champions working across the spectrum of local jurisdictions across the country. What started as a score of loosely affiliated government entities when I began my time with GARE has blossomed into nearly 200 local, regional, and increasingly state jurisdictions that have collectively acknowledged that they cannot achieve their missions to serve their residents so long as they fail to resolve longstanding inequities in their communities whose roots lie squarely in racism. I’ve often shared that whilst we were thrilled when New York City joined as a member of GARE in 2017, we were equally delighted when Fort Collins, CO – a small college town just north of Denver – joined later that year as well. Issues of structural racism cut across geography, across demography, and across political ideology. Only by coming together to create a new ethic of the role of government can we hope to address this centuries-long crisis.
As you know, I am leaving the role of GARE co-Director and Vice President for Institutional and Sectoral Change at Race Forward. One of the greatest accomplishments I will look back on is the incredible team we’ve been able to build here that stewards our movement. It has not been easy work. It has been, however, the most rewarding work in most of our careers. That said, change is inevitable, and there are some evolutions I want to share that provide a moment for us to grow our ranks as a staff team and strengthen our ability to facilitate the national conversation you have built through this work.
First, I am pleased to announce that Gordon Goodwin will assume the role of GARE Director effective immediately. Gordon comes supremely equipped to assume this mantle, having spent a career in public and nonprofit service focused on racial and economic equity, the last three of which were as the Midwest Regional Manager for GARE. The team could not be more thrilled that he is moving into this position, and we are confident you will be as well. We’ll also be announcing who will take over the role of Vice President for Institutional and Sectoral Change very shortly.
There are two other transitions that I want to highlight as well. The City of Alexandria, VA has joined the swelling ranks of localities that have seen the value of embedding a Chief Equity Officer in their administrative structure, and have selected our own East Regional Manager Jaqueline Tucker as the inaugural person to hold the position. We could not be more proud of Jacqueline for being selected, or more confident in the City for the caliber of their selection. And after more than 30 years of public service in government and community based organizations, Northwest Regional Manager Nora Liu is formally retiring this Spring, though we have no doubt that she’ll continue to be connected to the movement. As such, the e-news features a hiring alert for three Regional Manager positions effective immediately; a Midwest manager to replace Gordon as he assumes his new responsibilities, an East Manager to replace Jaqueline as she transitions, and a West manager to replace Nora as she sunsets (the Northwest geography is expanding to incorporate several western states). Please spread the word – your references provide the highest quality of candidates for consideration, and in turn fuels the intensity of the movement.

So thank you, for the creativity, compassion, and critical thinking that leaves me convinced that advancing racial equity will become the norm for local, regional and state government. I look forward to bumping into you in that community.
With love,

GARE's Next Director: Gordon Goodwin

Race Forward is pleased that Gordon F. Goodwin has accepted the position of Director of the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE). He assumes the position following more than three years of direct support of the GARE mission, first as a consultant and then as its first Midwest Regional Manager. Gordon brought significant experience to Race Forward having worked with senior leadership teams to help nonprofit organizations achieve mission and program alignment. His specialties include organizational strategy development, program delivery and impact, and governance and leadership. Gordon has worked for 30 years with and for foundations, community development organizations and public-private sector consortia in metropolitan and rural settings. He has worked extensively with organizations that have formed collaborative efforts to advance their advocacy and public policy objectives—specifically, designing and facilitating working group meetings, trainings, governance discussions and organizational strategic alliances. Gordon has contributed to poverty reduction and racial equity public policy efforts with PolicyLink, Northwest Area Foundation, WK Kellogg Foundation, Foundation for the Mid South, CFED and The Aspen Institute.
Gordon is based in Saint Paul, MN. He is married, a proud parent of two adult children, a caretaker for two small dogs, and repairs and rides motorcycles in his spare time.

Positions Open: East, Midwest and West Regional Managers

The Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) is a national network of government working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all. With the promotion of Gordon Goodwin to Senior Director and other staff transitions, GARE is now applications for three new Regional Managers. Please help us spread the word to people who might be interested. 

Congratulations to the City of Philadelphia 

Congratulations to the City of Philadelphia, on formalizing the creation of a City-wide Racial Equity Initiative! Mayor Jim Kenney signed an Executive Order on Monday (1/6/20) to expand the Administration's focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. The City of Philadelphia was one of five cities that participated in Racial Equity Here, a joint project of Race Forward / the Government Alliance on Race and Equity and Living Cities. We are so excited that the nation's 6th largest city has taken such a prominent step in its work toward racial equity! 

Check out the press release here


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