George Goehl, Director
At the age of 21, George Goehl walked into a soup kitchen to eat. Over time, he became an employee of the kitchen – first washing dishes and eventually helping run the place. Three years into his time there, he was struck by the fact that the people in line for food were the same people he had met when he first arrived. Recognizing that he had to shift his focus to the root causes of poverty, George began organizing.
Today, George is the Director of People’s Action. He has led successful campaigns on housing, banking, and immigration. Before Occupy Wall Street was launched, it was George and National People’s Action who moved thousands into the streets for financial reform and relief for everyday people bearing the brunt of the financial crisis. This work played a critical role in the passage of Dodd-Frank Financial Reform and a $26 billion mortgage relief settlement for communities and homeowners.
George and People’s Action are building a working people’s candidate pipeline, recruiting, developing, and supporting hundreds of everyday people to run for political office. Originally from Southern Indiana, George is also one of few leaders nationally building a rural and small-town organizing strategy, launching new organizing in struggling areas of the country often overlooked by the progressive community.
George is often cited as one of the leaders to update and transform the field of community organizing, to increase relevance to emerging social movements, focus on shaping narrative and worldview, building electoral power in states, and win structural change that shifts the balance of power to working class families.
George Goehl in the news:
How Andrew Gillum’s Rise Shows the Strength of the Progressive Pipeline The Washington Post
It’s Time for Democrats to Throw Out Old Ideas About Who is a Viable Candidate by George Goehl in The Hill
The Volcker Rule is on Track to be Gutted and Workers Should Worry by George Goehl in Fast Company