Ethan Goodman joined the ODA family in September, 2017, and currently serves as the Career Pathways Coordinator at Cleveland Heights High School. Mr. Goodman is originally from the smoky mountains of Asheville, NC. He obtained his Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Northern Arizona University in May of 2014. During his undergraduate career, Ethan spent three years conducting undergraduate research on the reasons why students drop out of college after their first year. He is excited to bring his knowledge on the best methods to help high school students transition to college/adult life.
After graduation, Ethan took a fellowship in Cleveland with the Jewish Federation as their Public Education Initiative Fellow. For the year, he operated the largest volunteer tutoring program in eight of the Cleveland Public Schools. Ethan had the joy of watching dozens of elementary school students learn to read and improve their math scores through adult support and continued engagement. Upon finishing his Fellowship, Ethan was admitted to the Master of Public Administration program at Cleveland State University. He received his MPA in August of 2017.
Ethan’s hobbies are anything that allows him to be out in the wilderness. No matter the season, you can find him outside hiking, camping, rock climbing, swimming, and more! His experience working with youth started at 16 where he spent 8 summers working at Camp Wise as a counselor, nature specialist, and eventually supervisor. He spent countless hours teaching youth survivalist skills, orienteering, camping, fishing, and even built a community garden for the whole Camp.
When not with his fabulous ODA scholars, Ethan is actively involved as a community organizer in the greater Cleveland area. He is the lead organizer for a grassroots organization that collaborates with residents, community stakeholders, and elected officials around social causes with the goal of supporting the most vulnerable communities through education, demonstrations, and mobilization. As well, Ethan currently sits on the Young Professional Council for the Alliance for the Great Lakes. With a background in community service, Ethan’s ultimate goal is to run for public office to advocate for the education system and policies that support youth and families first.