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Committee to Elect Jerry Goodwin to City Council 2020

624 E Archer St, Suite 100

Tulsa, OK 74120

Professor, Activist, Community Leader

A native Tulsan, James G. “Jerry” Goodw in is assistant professor in the Digital Media and Mass Communication, and Business and Information Technology divisions at Tulsa Community College since 2007, beginning as an adjunct professor in 2000. 

 

At TCC, he teaches courses in advertising, media, news writing, public relations, public speaking and business among other subjects. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Goodwin serves as faculty adviser to the TCC Connection, the award-winning college student-run newspaper (www.tccconnection.com). Prior to his present position at TCC, he was an adjunct instructor the former Journalism and Mass Communication division for seven years. Also, he is a former adjunct graduate college professor in marketing and corporate venturing at the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and Research at Langston University-Tulsa.                                    

Additionally, he is president of Goodwin & Grant, a public relations and diversity communications company, founded in 2000. The firm has represented a broad base of clients, including American Airlines, Morton Comprehensive Health Services, Oklahoma Centennial Commission, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, former professional athletes John Starks and R. W. McQuarters among other corporations, organizations and individuals.

 

As a former third generation publisher, he served as associate publisher of The Oklahoma

Eagle newspaper and is currently a member of its board of directors under Publisher James O.

Goodwin, Esq., his father.

 

During Goodwin’s involvement for more than 13 years with the state’s oldest African-American

newspaper, circulation increased; advertising linage improved; and the newspaper’s

award-winning ranking in the state among weekly newspapers rose from #17 to #3 according to

the Oklahoma Press Association.

 

Goodwin served as president/CEO of the Metropolitan Tulsa Urban League, Inc. Appointed in August 2002 as the 12th chief executive of the 50-year-old organization, Goodwin was chiefly responsible for overseeing a social service organization that provides services and programs for children and adults ranging from mentoring and tutoring activities for middle school and high school students to counseling and assistance to expectant mothers to insure safe pregnancies and deliveries of newborns. 

Additionally, he is president of Goodwin & Grant, a public relations and diversity communications company, founded in 2000. The firm has represented a broad base of clients, including American Airlines, Morton Comprehensive Health Services, Oklahoma Centennial Commission, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, former professional athletes John Starks and R. W. McQuarters among other corporations, organizations and individuals.

 

As a former third generation publisher, he served as associate publisher of The Oklahoma Eagle newspaper and is currently a member of its board of directors under Publisher James O. Goodwin, Esq., his father. During Goodwin’s involvement for more than 13 years with the state’s oldest African-American newspaper, circulation increased; advertising linage improved; and the newspaper’s award-winning ranking in the state among weekly newspapers rose from #17 to #3 according to the Oklahoma Press Association.

 

Goodwin served as president/CEO of the Metropolitan Tulsa Urban League, Inc. Appointed in August 2002 as the 12th chief executive of the 50-year-old organization, Goodwin was chiefly responsible for overseeing a social service organization that provides services and programs for children and adults ranging from mentoring and tutoring activities for middle school and high school students to counseling and assistance to expectant mothers to insure safe pregnancies and deliveries of newborns. Additionally, MTUL launched a major initiative with the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Freddie Mac regarding homeownership. As president/CEO, Goodwin helped to raise more than $200,000 in producing a series of events and activities in commemoration of the organization’s 50th anniversary in 2004.

In addition to his professional work and other interests, he is a former member of the Board of Governors and a former volunteer chairman of the Corporate Diversity Department at the American Red Cross national headquarters in Washington, D. C. Previously, he served as board chairman of the American Red Cross, Tulsa Chapter, and is currently a board member. In February 2008, he was named a member of the board of trustees to the Tulsa Community Foundation, the nation’s largest community foundation with $3 billion in assets. He served on the TCF board for six (6) years. Additionally, he recently served as chairman of the City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority and continues today as a member of its board of directors. He is a founding member of the National Association of Black Journalists-Tulsa Chapter and is presently servicing as its treasurer. His other memberships include former chairman of the Metropolitan Tulsa Urban League board of directors, MTUL Guild, Public Relations Society of America (Counselors Academy and Educators Academy) among others.

 

Other positions held were chairman of the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies (IOHRA) 47thAnnual Conference in Tulsa (Aug. 1995); former vice-chairman of the Tulsa School Bond Oversight Committee; founding board member of the National Brotherhood of Skiers, Tulsa Chapter; and former board member/treasurer of the Tulsa Advertising Federation. He is a former board member of the Oklahoma State University Foundation, Oklahoma Heritage Foundation, Tulsa Advertising Federation, Tulsa Area United Way, Tulsa Philharmonic, Tulsa Press Club, Tulsa Race Riot Memorial Reconciliation Design Committee, and Tulsa Zoo Friends Advisory Board among others.

 

He was recognized as an outstanding graduate of his university in the summer 2003 edition of Xavier University(Cincinnati, OH) Alumni magazine. In 2001, he was named one of the Top 51 Leaders in Tulsa according to Oklahoma Today magazine. In 2000, he received the Metropolitan Tulsa Chamber of Commerce Minority Business Advocate award. Other honors and awards have been journalism honors from the Oklahoma Press Association and the National Conference for Community and Justice Media Award (formerly National Conference for the Christians and Jews). Also, he is the recipient of awards from the national office of the American Red Cross in Washington, D. C. for his efforts in diversity outreach for the local chapter; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Community Service Award and special recognition as board chairman for two terms from the Metropolitan Tulsa Urban League.

 

He currently serves as a member of the board of directors and the board secretary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission, and as a board member of the Christian Ministers Alliance and the Oklahoma Family Empowerment Center. In 1995, he became the first African American and youngest at age 31 to serve on the City of Tulsa/Rogers County Port of Catoosa Board of Directors, where today he is the longest-serving board member. He is a founding member of the National Association of Black Journalists, Tulsa chapter. He has also served as an officer and board member for numerous journalism, business and non-profit organizations - locally and nationally, including the American Red Cross in Washington, D. C.

 

He served as a staff assistant to former U. S. Congressman James R. Jones, First District, Oklahoma. He has also had an opportunity to work for political campaigns of both major political parties.

 

In December 2007, Goodwin received a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix. He graduated from Xavier University (Cincinnati, OH), serving as president of the student body, in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and a minor in business. He also received the St. Francis Xavier Outstanding Student Award at graduation. His high school education was completed at Cascia Hall Preparatory School.