Philadelphia, Jan. 8, 2016 – Former Councilman At-Large W. Wilson Goode, Jr., has been named Senior Policy Advisor to the President of the City Council of Philadelphia.
A founding board member of Local Progress, a national municipal policy network, Goode was a leading advocate for economic justice, community development, and equal opportunity over 16 years of service on City Council.
“Some of the most groundbreaking progressive legislation that has ever come out of Philadelphia City Council was authored by W. Wilson Goode, Jr.,” Council President Darrell L. Clarke said. “Our city today is a fairer place to live and work, in large part because of his body of service. As I stated in my inaugural address, there is much difficult work ahead if we are to overcome the income inequality and generational poverty that has prevented Philadelphia from reaching its full potential. That is why the position of Senior Policy Advisor was created, and I can think of no better person to fill that role than W. Wilson Goode, Jr.”
As a legislator, Goode was at the forefront of Council’s efforts to increase employment preferences for city residents; set fair wage standards; establish diversity goals for city contracts; encourage fair lending and community reinvestment goals for banks; enact tax credits to help businesses create jobs and invest in neighborhoods; reform campaign contribution limits; and increase funding for the School District of Philadelphia. Goode’s longtime service as chair of the Committee on Commerce and Economic Development was a continuation of his neighborhood economic development work at the Commerce Department from 1992 to 1999.
Mayor Jim Kenney hailed his former Council colleague’s appointment to the Office of the President.
“Councilman Goode brings a wealth of legislative experience and policy knowledge to this position, and I know he will enhance the great work already being done by the Council President’s office and all of City Council,” Mayor Kenney said. “He served the City of Philadelphia and its citizens honorably and passionately during his time on Council. I’m happy to see that he will continue serving the City in this capacity.”
Goode said: “I am humbled by the opportunity to continue serving the great City of Philadelphia from the Office of the Council President. I look forward to working with President Clarke, Mayor Kenney, and Philadelphia’s vast network of public, private, and nonprofit stakeholders to maximize the coordination of efforts to eradicate deep poverty and to ensure equitable economic growth in Philadelphia, once and for all.”
Among the awards and honors Goode has received are: PA Working Families 2015 Legislator of the Year; National Community Reinvestment Coalition’s National Achievement Award; and Philadelphia Association of Community and Development Corporations (PACDC) Community Development Champion. Goode did his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania. A lifelong resident of the city, he lives in the Belmont Village neighborhood of Philadelphia.