Letesha Nelson joined the Goodman Community Center as its CEO and Executive Director on Jan. 25, 2021. Letesha brings extensive experience in the nonprofit world, as well as a genuine and compassionate spirit. We couldn't be more excited to have her in our family.
This page serves as a digital home for Letesha's latest letter to the community, a well as features that offer a glimpse into GCC's leader. Check back every other week for a new letter, or subscribe to GCC emails to get the letters right in your inbox.
Letesha's Letters to the CommunityREAD THE LATEST LETTER
Community Chats with Letesha Nelson
In this series of conversations, Letesha covers topics of interest and relevant to participants and supporters of the Goodman Community Center.
Episode 4 | Letesha's Vision for Goodman's Future
Letesha Nelson joined the Goodman Community Center as our CEO a little more than a year ago. In that short time, she's made great strides in strengthening lives and securing futures, including maintaining operations during an uncertain pandemic, engaging our youth directly with leadership opportunities and so much more. In this Community Chat, Letesha is joined in conversation by Goodman board member Dulce Maria Danel. They talked about what Letesha’s learned in her first year, as well as what her vision is for the future of the Goodman Center.
Episode 3 | Teaching Our Youngest Learners
We take early childhood education seriously at the Goodman Center, and we’re fortunate to have some really strong community partnerships to help in our efforts to get our youngest students off to a great start. In this Community Chat hosted on May 18, Letesha was joined by Goodman Center Early Childcare Education Partnership Manager Miranda Starr, ECE Manager Lindsay Kulow and representatives from our partner organizations Madison Children’s Museum and Anesis Therapy.
Episode 2 | Youth Voice & Social Justice with Lussier LOFT Staff and a Student
On April 14, Goodman Center CEO Letesha was joined by Alejandra, the Assistant Director of our Lussier LOFT teen center; Arthur, Middle School Manager; and Deejai, a TEENworks program participant to discuss what the Goodman Center is doing to give youth the skills they need to advocate for themselves. The change we want to see in our community starts right here, and based on what we’re seeing, the future is bright.
Episode 1 | Talking with Former Executive Director Becky Steinhoff
In this first Community Chat, Letesha and Becky covered an array of topics, including being a woman leader, COVID-19, International Women's Day and more.
- Madison Magazine profile by Doug Moe
- Letesha and Goodman Director of Childcare Programs Miranda Starr join a panel to discuss the impact of the pandemic on kids in our community.
- Article by Kimberly Hazen for InBusiness magazine
- Article by Kailey Murphy
- A conversation with Angela Russell
- Article by Ayomi Wolff for Madison 365
- Article by Nicholas Garton for The CapTimes
- Article for Madison 365
Learn More About Letesha
Before she officially started with the Goodman Center, Letesha sat down with us to share a little more about herself via a fun Zoom interview. Check out this video where she talks about community, hidden talents, and what happiness look like.