Morgan Goodwin ’08 has never been one to accept the status quo. During his first semester at Williams he and a friend streaked through the halls of Frosh Quad during Sunday snacks as a way to “shake things up.” He followed that up by pushing the college to take more aggressive action in limiting carbon emissions, leading trips to DC for rallies, and helping to organize Claiming Williams Day.
After graduation, Goodwin resisted traditional paths in favor of uncertainty. He held five different positions in the first two years out of school, never staying at one place longer than six months. All along he learned about the type of organization he wanted to be a part of and the impact he wanted to make on the world.
That “bouncing around period” ended nearly four years ago, when Goodwin began working full-time for Avaaz, an online platform dedicated to working on progressive issues around the world.
I met up with Goodwin at his home in Truckee, CA – a sleepy mountain town a few miles from Lake Tahoe. After watching him officially register as a candidate for town council, I spent the next six hours learning about his journey, and the variety of ways he is continuing to resist the status quo.