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From the Desk of CEO / Executive Director Letesha Nelson

Letesha Nelson joined the Goodman Community Center as its CEO and Executive Director on Jan. 25, 2021. Letesha brings with her 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 will serve as a digital home for Letesha's latest letter to the community, a well as features that offer a glimpse into GCC's newest leader. Check back every other week for a new letter, or subscribe to GCC emails to get the letters right in your inbox.

August 19, 2021

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

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Whew, it’s been a summer! We’ve had kids in the building, coming and going and having a whole lot of fun while learning a lot. We just finished a school supply drive that was SUPER successful thanks to YOUR generosity. And, to top it all off, I got news late in the day last Thursday that Goodman was awarded $1.6 million (!!!) from Wisconsin’s Beyond the Classroom Grant. It'll help us so much in doing the work we do so well supporting kids outside the classroom, and more.

Feels like we should celebrate, doesn’t it?

I’ve officially been with Goodman for seven months, and I think it’s about time I got to meet some of you in person. I’d love for you to join me at one of two free events in September:

FRIDAY, SEPT. 10, 8-9:30am

Before you head to work, join me for a light breakfast, coffee and tea.

  • In conversation with Angela Russell, VP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at CUNA Mutual Group and host of the Black Oxygen podcast.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 16, 5-7pm

Have happy hour with me! We’ll have light appetizers, soda and a cash bar.

  • In conversation with Brenda Gonzalez, Director of Community Relations at UW-Madison.

So much has happened and changed in the last year and a half, and we’ve done so much great work at the Goodman Center – work that couldn’t be done without your support! I’m excited to meet you and share more about what we have in store for the rest of 2021, 2022 and beyond.

Let Me Know You're Coming Here

Take care,

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Letesha Nelson
CEO & Executive Director

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Community Chats with Letesha Nelson

In this series of conversations, Letesha will cover topics of interest and relevant to participants and supporters of the Goodman Community Center.

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.

Watch It Here


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.

Watch It Here


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.

Watch It Here

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.

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