Teresa Goodman has worked the past twenty-four years in social services and nonprofit organizations developing, assessing, and managing outreach efforts. As executive director of Community Initiatives, Inc. she continues to strategically manage, develop, and fund support programs.
Goodman plays an active role in her community and currently serves as chairperson of the Food Bank of Greenwood County’s board of directors and previously served as a director for the Bowers Rodgers Children’s Home and the United Way of the Lakelands. Goodman also served as president of the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce’s Nonprofit Council from 2018-2022 working with nonprofit leaders to strategically organize and develop funding and program opportunities for the member organizations. A recognized two-time Paul Harris Fellow, she is a member of the Rotary Club of Greenwood. In 2021, Teresa was named to the 2023 class of the Liberty Fellowship. The Liberty Fellowship is a vibrant community of leaders who have made a lifelong commitment to creating a better future for all people in South Carolina and is part of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Goodman was also selected in 2022 as an inaugural fellow for MDC’s Investing in Leaders of Color (ILOC) fellowship. As part of the 2021 innovative co-design team, Goodman helped shape the initiative to intentionally invest in nonprofit leaders of color to build a broader ecosystem of support for leaders who have experienced systemic disadvantages in their work within the philanthropic and nonprofit fields. The fellowship is a one-year leadership and capacity-building initiative to acknowledge and support the work of twelve nonprofit leaders of color who serve communities of color throughout North and South Carolina.
A proud 3rd generation HBCU graduate, Goodman has earned both a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Science in Individual & Family Development from South Carolina State University and obtained a second master’s degree in Management and Leadership from Webster University. Teresa considers her most precious duties being the wife of Derrick and mother to Xavier.