Ann Goodman, Ph.D.
Executive Director of The Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future; adjunct professor of corporate responsibility at the Center for Global Affairs at New York University; affiliate professor at the graduate Center for Environmental Policy at Bard College.
Ann Goodman, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future (WNSF), a nonprofit organization she co-founded in 2002 to help businesswomen exchange best practices on the convergent issues of corporate social responsibility and sustainable development.
Under her leadership, WNSF has distinguished itself as the premiere organization that convenes, informs, and gives voice to businesswomen on those issues, growing from a handful of visionary executives to a thriving organization serving thousands of women business leaders through domestic programs in New York City, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, the San Francisco Bay Area, the Pacific Northwest and China.
She has been awarded the 2010 Public Service Citation from the University of Chicago for her achievements, as well as a Leader to Leader Institute Fellowship.
Formerly a journalist, Dr. Goodman reported extensively on sustainability and related business topics (including finance, technology, environment and corporate social responsibility) for major international media, including Fortune, the Economist group, the Business Week group, Fast Company and Information Week. She has also spoken on these topics to a wide range of international audiences (including the EC, UNEP, OECD, Swiss Re, the Chinese Association of Women Entrepreneurs, the Hong Kong-based Ecological Development Union International, Net Impact, the Arthur Page Society) and as a regular commentator for Marketplace, the premiere daily business program broadcast nationally on US public radio. She has edited and managed publications in these fields.
In academia, Dr. Goodman has held positions at New York University, Bard College and the University of Paris.
In service to the community (local to global), Dr. Goodman was elected a Director of the Board of the Society of Environmental Journalists and was appointed to the Planning Committee for the National Summit of the US President’s Council on Sustainable Development in 1998 and 1999. She was invited to membership in the EC-sponsored Global Society Dialogue and currently serves on: the Advisory Council of the National Environmental Education Foundation’s (NEEF) Business Sustainability Education Roundtable; the Baruch College (CUNY) Sustainability Task Force; the Board of Directors of the International Design Center for the Environment (The Green Standard); the Advisory Council of CAD/Centro de Alianzas para el Desarrollo in Barcelona; Advisory Council of the New York City High School of Environmental Studies; Senior Advisor to Green Venturing Center, Renmin University, Beijing; Senior Advisor to the fledgling Ecological Development Union Intl., Hong Kong. She continues to advise government and nonprofit groups, including, recently: the UN Global Compact-UNIFEM Advisory Group for Women’s Empowerment Principles; the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Women’s Policy Research; the New York City Mayor’s Commission on Women; Do Something, an organization that encourages children to work for social good; and Green Spaces, an enterprise that supports emerging environmental businesses in New York City; the Advisory Council to the San Francisco-based Presidio Graduate School in Sustainability Management.
She earned her doctorate at the University of Chicago and taught at the economics faculty of the University of Paris (Dauphine) for six years. She speaks French and Spanish.