About Ann

Ann Goodman, Ph.D., is author of Adapting to Change: The Business of Climate Resilience (Business Expert Press/BEP 2016) and Affiliate Faculty at CUNY Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), Environmental Crossroads. As an adjunct professor at CUNY’s Zicklin School of Business (Baruch College), Dr. Goodman co-developed and taught a course, partly based on the book, in 2015. She has 25 years of international experience in the intersecting fields of business, sustainability, climate, risk assessment, strategic resilience planning– as an executive, entrepreneur, communicator and educator.

bio-pix-small-12-20-10Dr. Goodman advises the National Institute of Standards and Technology as a member of its Community Resiliency Panel, serving on the economics and society committee. Recently she has also worked with: NCAnet, the communications and outreach affinity network of the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee (NCADAC); the ARC3-2 (Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities) Communications Working Group of the UCCRN (Urban Climate Change Research Network); the Inter-Agency Forum on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation; GARI (Global Adaptation and Resilience Investment Working Group; impact investment firms, social impact start-ups,  and for- and nonprofit organizations, including the Higher Ground Foundation.

She speaks widely on sustainability and business to international audiences in Europe, Asia, the Americas–recently on sustainability, social media, disaster, supply chain, energy efficiency, climate resilience in LA, NYC, Washington DC, China, Hong Kong; France and Thailand.

After attending the COP21 Paris meetings, she spoke at the Fontainebleau campus of the acclaimed international INSEAD business school about potential business outcomes of the international climate agreement in December, 2015. She also spoke on business and climate change at the Natural Hazards Workshop and the National Center on Atmospheric Research, both in Boulder, Colorado in summer of 2015. In fall, 2014, she was invited to speak on the topic at the annual Berkin-Friedman Forum at Baruch College, CUNY, NYC, where she again convened a public session on the Post-Paris Business Climate in February, 2016. In June, 2016, she presented a paper on climate/energy education and workforce development at the annual NCSE (National Council on Science and the Environment) conference in Washington, DC. Other presentations are scheduled for September 2016 in coordination with Climate Week in NYC; at US government agencies in Autumn 2016; and at other conferences throughout 2016 and 2017.

Dr. Goodman co-founded the Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future (WNSF) and was its Executive Director for a decade. Under her leadership, WNSF was the premier sustainability organization for US businesswomen, expanding from NYC to Washington, D.C., Atlanta, California, and the Pacific Northwest. She forged an ongoing sustainability alliance with businesswomen in China (through the premier organization CAWE/China Association of Women Entrepreneurs), created the annual NYC Businesswomen’s Sustainability Leadership Summit, and a West Coast clean technologies counterpart.

A former full-time journalist, she reported extensively on sustainability/business for major international media, including Fortune, Business Week and Public Radio’s nationally broadcast Marketplace; was an editor-in-chief at United Newspapers; first business journalist elected to the Board of the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ).

More recently, she contributed a column to Greenbiz.com (see, among others: White House interviews; China and climate adaptation reporting; and an exclusive series on business climate resilience at her landing page:greenbiz.com/bio/ann-goodman, with others also available on her own site, anngoodman.com). Her 2012 story on sustainability and risk reporting trends was the year’s 2nd-most read piece on the premier business sustainability news site that year.

Recent honors include: University of Chicago Public Service Award; fellowships from Leader to Leader Institute, Clean Tech Incubator at NYU-Polytechnic Institute, Kauffman Foundation (2), and Building Engagement Capacity Workshop for 3rd National Climate Assessment.

In broad community service, local to global, she was appointed to the Planning Committee, National Summit, US President’s Council on Sustainable Development, 1998-99.

Dr. Goodman is a member of the American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP), the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) and the Authors Guild.

Recently she has served on Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) working groups (finance; technology & communications); the (US-based ) French Embassy’s Franco-American Civil Society Organization selection committee; Green Economy Think Tank (GETT) NYC Leadership Committee; US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s (New York State) Small Business Working Group; and the University of Chicago Women’s Steering Committee.

B.A., M.A., Ph.D. from the University of Chicago; awarded French Government Doctoral Research Fellowship; served on University of Paris economics faculty (Dauphine); taught at New York University and Bard College.

Earned Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) professional certificate and updated G3/G3.1, GRI-14, and CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project) certificates.

Near-native fluency in French; proficiency in Spanish; working knowledge of German; studied Mandarin and Bengali.


She can be contacted at goodmanann.green@gmail.com


Ann interviewing Steve Jobs in the ’90s

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