Dr. W. Wilson Goode, Amachi Founder


ABOUT Dr. W. Wilson Goode, Sr. D.Min

Dr. W. Wilson Goode, Sr. is the President and CEO of Amachi, Incorporated, a nationally acclaimed faith-based program for mentoring children of incarcerated parents; and Chairman and CEO of Self, Incorporated – a nonprofit corporation dedicated to serving more than 600 homeless men and women. He is a Senior Fellow at the Fox School at the University of Pennsylvania. Because of his innovative and ground-breaking work, he received two prestigious awards in 2006: the Civic Ventures Purpose Prize, and the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Citizen of the Year Award. He is an ordained Baptist Minister since 1999 with more than 63 years of service at the First Baptist Church of Paschall located in southwest Philadelphia.

Dr. Goode has served as an officer in the United States Army. He led ground-breaking work in faith-based housing, assisting churches in building more than 2,000 units for low and moderate income persons.  And, he was the first African American member and Chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.  He broke racial barriers again with his appointment as Managing Director for the City of Philadelphia.  He became the City’s first African American Mayor in 1984 and served two terms.  He subsequently spent 7 years as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Education in the Clinton Administration.  He left that position in 2000 to organize the Amachi program which has now served more than 300,000 children in 50 States.

Dr. Goode is Chairman of the Philadelphia Leadership Foundation. He is a Board Member and Former Chairman of Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region, and the Free Library of Philadelphia, He is also former Chair of Partners for Sacred Places and the Cornerstone Christian Academy. He is a Board Member of America’s Promise Alliance, Community In Schools of Philadelphia, and Eastern University. He is Chairman Emeritus of Leadership Foundations, and Emeritus Trustee of Southwest Leadership Academy Charter School.

Dr. Goode has earned degrees from Morgan State University (BA), the University of Pennsylvania (MA), Palmer, Theological Seminary (D. Min.), and fourteen conferred honorary doctorates.  He is a member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and Kappa Alpha Psi.

Dr. Goode and his wife of 56 years have one son, two daughters and two granddaughters.