W. Wilson Goode, Sr.


W. Wilson Goode, Sr. picture Dr. Goode is President and CEO of Amachi, Incorporated, a national faith-based program for mentoring children of incarcerated parents. He is also Chairman and CEO of Self, Incorporated, a nonprofit dedicated to serving more than 600 homeless men and women. He is a Senior Fellow at the Fox School at the University of Pennsylvania. His innovative and ground-breaking work led to two prestigious awards in 2006: the Civic Ventures Purpose Prize, and the Philadelphia Inquirer Citizen of the Year Award. He is an ordained Baptist minister with more than 63 years of service at the First Baptist Church of Paschall in southwest Philadelphia.

While in the U.S. Army, Dr. Goode led ground-breaking work in faith-based housing, assisting churches in building more than 2,000 units for low- and moderate-income persons. He was the first African American member and Chair of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. He broke racial barriers again with his appointment as Managing Director for the City of Philadelphia, then became the city’s first African American mayor in 1984. He subsequently served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Education in the Clinton Administration. He left that position to organize the Amachi program, which has now served more than 300,000 children in 50 states.

Dr. Goode chairs the Philadelphia Leadership Foundation, and belongs to the boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region, the Free Library of Philadelphia, America’s Promise Alliance, Community In Schools of Philadelphia, and Eastern University. He is a former Chair of Partners for Sacred Places and the Cornerstone Christian Academy. He is Chairman Emeritus of Leadership Foundations, and Emeritus Trustee of Southwest Leadership Academy Charter School.

Dr. Goode earned a bachelor’s degree from Morgan State University, a master’s from the University of Pennsylvania and a doctor of ministry from Palmer Theological Seminary. He also holds 14 conferred honorary doctorates.