Teresa Goodman is an advocate for many social issues including diversity and inclusion efforts. As a woman of color, wife & mother of men of color, and leader of an organization that has primarily served persons of color since 1998, she is especially concerned with equity, inclusion, and belonging efforts; her career has always included working diligently to make strides to increase DEIB as a priority for all.
Mrs. Goodman has worked the past twenty-four years in social services and nonprofit organizations creating, developing, assessing, and evaluating programming to serve those in need. As executive director of Community Initiatives, Inc. she continues to manage, develop, and fund support programs. She launched Vision Savvy Consulting in 2021 a consulting firm that assists organizations with inclusive strategic planning, marketing, and development efforts.
Goodman currently serves as chairperson of the Food Bank of Greenwood County’s board of directors and previously served as a director for the Rotary Club of Greenwood, the Bowers Rodgers Children’s Home and The United Way of the Lakelands. She is an active member of the Greenwood Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. through which she completed the South Atlantic Region’s Leadership Fellows program. She is a graduate of the Greenwood County Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Greenwood program and is a past honoree of the Connect Young Professional’s Greenwood Under 40 Stars. As a member of The Women’s Leadership Council, Teresa successfully co-chaired the 2017 Women’s Leadership Upstate Conference. Goodman is a recognized Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club of Greenwood.
A proud 3rd generation HBCU graduate, Goodman has earned both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Individual & Family Development from South Carolina State University and obtained a second master’s degree in Management and Leadership from Webster University.