Jon Goodman, Ph.D
Jon Goodman works with emerging companies and new-‐generation nonprofits. Previously President of TOWN HALL Los Angeles, she has occupied several leadership positions in projects designed to strengthen the region. Prior to Town Hall, she built and led the nation’s first new media incubator, EC2@USC. Before founding EC2, Goodman was the Director of the Entrepreneur Program at USC and Professor, which she led to top-‐three national rankings. While there, she developed the first entrepreneurial programs in South Central High Schools including Rosemead High School, Downey High School and Manual Arts High School. In 1990, Goodman created the first direct business assistance program in South Central Los Angeles. The organization handled the vast majority of loan packaging after the 1992 LA Riots.
Goodman was also a Founding Director of the Digital Coast Roundtable and previous Chair of the Los Angeles Venture Forum. Moderator of “Something Ventured,” a 26-‐part series on entrepreneurship which was repeated for seven seasons on PBS, Goodman is also the co-‐author of “Leading with Knowledge: the Nature of Competition in the 21st Century” and author of numerous articles, columns and white papers. These activities have been informed by her experience as both a venture capital investor and founder of venture-‐backed companies. She has served on numerous Boards, both profit, nonprofit, public and privately held.
Notable during her outstanding career have been a number of awards recognizing her as an innovative, creative and committed leader. She was selected by Wired magazine as one of the 20 people in the nation who will help form the future of the entertainment industry and by the Los Angeles Times as one of the 10 most influential people in the region’s technology business.
Goodman received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Connecticut where in 2004 she was inducted into the School of Business Hall of Fame, and a doctorate in Business Strategy/ Microeconomics from the University of Georgia, where she was named Distinguished Alumna of the Terry College of Business in 1995. She currently serves on the Boards of Town Hall Los Angeles, GrowTown, USA and Green Dot Public Schools.