Jonah Goodman

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Jonah Goodman
Name Jonah Goodman
Chapter Delta Alpha
Rochester Institute of Technology
Date Inducted October 18, 1998
Roll Number ΔΑ 01
Alumni Chapter/Assoc Capital 39
Honorary Member Alpha Lambda
Beta Mu
Epsilon Alpha
Major Graphic Design
Birthdate January 26, 1980
Spouse Karen Schaubert
Awards Distinguished Service Key
CSK from Epsilon Alpha

Jonah Goodman (born 26 January 1980) is an Alumnus of Delta Alpha Chapter (ΔΑ 01) and an Active Alumni Member of Capital Chapter (#39) in Washington, DC. He served as the 34th National President, a position he has held from April 3, 2007 to August 2, 2014.

Early Fraternity Life and Career

Jonah co-founded Delta Alpha with two friends he met in his dorm freshman year, Mark Huebeler and Thomas Schaller. Jonah was inducted on October 18, 1998. He went on his first road trip a month later attending National Convention in 1998 in Parsippany, NJ where the chapter received their charter. He visited his first Chapter in 1999 while on a trip to run the Boston Marathon. He stayed with the Beta Pi Chapter and their hospitality greatly influenced his belief in the Fraternity. He went on to serve two terms as the chapter's first President. In the fall of 1999 he joined the National Alumni Development Committee working under the Vice President of Alumni Development Rebecca L. Askew. This laid the foundation for his on going involvement in Alumni Development. Jonah received his BFA in Graphic Design with a concentration in Religion in 2001.

Due in part to his work on the NADC he met many Active Alumni and after graduation joined DVAC. John Finnegan and Ayana Wood were running DVAC and also active in NADC work and Alumni issues and invited him into the Chapter. In 2001 the significant other of fellow Delta Alpha Alumnus Tim Lebo was working to start a Chapter at Kutztown University. Sherry Snell founded the Epsilon Alpha Chapter in 2002. In 2003 the Chapter extended an invitation to join them as an Honorary Member for his work to help start the Chapter and provide support in their early years.

In between weekly trips to Epsilon Alpha he worked very closely with Alpha Lambda, Gamma Xi, and Alpha Eta. DVAC spent a lot of time supporting the local Collegiate Chapters mediate internal challenges, offering guidance on Alumni Relations, and actively tried to always be available behind the scenes for the Chapters. Due to several years of involvement with Alpha Lambda the Chapter invited him to be inducted as an Honorary Member along with John Finnegan. In 2002 he ran for Vice President of Chapter Development but was unsuccessful.

Jonah moved to New York City in 2004. Thanks to the positive experience that DVAC provided he joined NYMAAC and quickly became very active with the Chapter. Because of the experience with the NADC as well as two Alumni Chapters he ran for Vice President of Alumni Development in 2004 and was elected to his first term on National Council. After being re-elected in 2006 to his second term as Vice President of Alumni Development the National President had to step down from office and the National Council asked him to accept a nomination as interim National President. He accepted, and in 2007 was installed as National President. He would go on to serve in that roll for seven years until 2014.

In 2007 he moved to Washington, DC to accept a job offer working for the Democratic National Committee and eventually President Obama's first campaign. Upon moving to DC he joined Capital Alumni Chapter, his third Alumni Chapter. While in DC he again worked closely with the local Collegiate Chapters and formed a close relationship with the Beta Mu Chapter at George Washington University. The Chapter offered an invitation to join them as an Honorary Member in 2008.

After his ten years on National Council he stepped down and took on a roll as a Phi Sigma Pi Foundation Board Member. In this role he now works to raise money to support the Fraternity's initiatives. He is married to a Beta Pi Alumna, Karen Goodman and continues to work in the field of design in Washington, DC.

Collegiate Years at Delta Alpha Chapter (1998-2001)

Delta Alpha Chapter receiving their Charter in 1998.

Alumni Years to Present

Board Member 2014-2018
Secretary 2015-2018
President 2018-2020
Vice President 2020-2024

National Involvement

Alumni Advocacy

As an advocate for Alumni rights within Phi Sigma Pi he introduced a constitutional amendment at the 2006 Grand Chapter Conference granting Alumni delegates equal voting rights in all national elections. Then at the 2007 Grand Chapter Conference, he introduced the amendment creating NAA delegate representation at Grand Chapter. Finally, at the 2009 Grand Chapter Conference he introduced a constitutional amendment granting Alumni delegates full and equal voting rights.

National Council Transparency

Jonah has introduced and overseen the passage of several proposals intended to create transparency between National Council and the Brotherhood.

  • To increase awareness of actions taken by National Council he passed a motion requiring the publishing of minutes within 30 days of each Council meeting.
  • In the fall of 2006 he passed a proposal to create the Phi Sigma Pi Wiki.
  • He led the effort to publish all Council objectives and regular status updates on the wiki for anyone to track Council progress. This is intended to be a method to archive Council goals as well as document the progress made on each goal during each Council's term.
  • He opened National Council meetings to public attendance and later live video streams to allow the Brotherhood to see their National Council operating.

Sanction Appeal Board

In 2006 he helped bring a proposal to the Grand Chapter to formally create a Sanction Appeal Board that provided an opportunity for a board compromised of Brothers to review sanction decisions of the National Council. Prior to this sanctions went back to the same National Council that imposed them for review.

Inclusion Advocacy

During 2013-14 Jonah worked with the National Development Committee on a series of projects with the mission to make Phi Sigma Pi a more inclusive environment for all Brothers and prospective Members.

  • Brought the Gender Inclusion Resolution to the 2014 Grand Chapter Conference to adopt the "gender inclusive Fraternity" language and changes to national materials, moving away from the former use of the binary phrase "co-ed Fraternity"
    • He worked with Jessica Pettitt, a renown diversity consultant, to craft language based on higher education policies relating to gender inclusion
  • Presented amendments that ensure accessibility is a requirement for host venues for all National Events as well as requiring all mandatory Chapter events provide reasonable accommodations for all attendees with disabilities

Regional Conferences

Bigs and Littles

Goodman family line in 2004. (l to r; front: Chris Mabry, Nikhil Nampalli, Matt Serbinski, Seth Burgess. back: Jonah Goodman, Frank Sanders, Peter Weisberg, Jonathan Stinton.)

Jonah was a Charter Member of Delta Alpha and does not have a Big Brother.

Jonah has 3 Little Brothers:

Goodman Family Line

see: Delta Alpha Goodman Family Line

Other Interesting Facts

Philadelphia Marathon, 1998, 3:08:10 (place 307 out of 3,201)
Boston Marathon, 1999, 3:08:02 (place 1,286 out of 12,797)
Marine Corps Marathon, 2007, 3:15:51 (place 533 out of 20,677)
New York City Marathon, 2010, 3:26:00
Philadelphia Marathon, 2012, 3:11:33 (757 out of 11,511)
Rock n' Roll USA Marathon, 2013, 3:44:06
Rock n' Roll USA Marathon, 2014, 3:40:00
Richmond, 2014, 3:26:00

National President
Preceded By
Colleen Dougherty, Alpha Theta
Succeeded By
Matthew Nicoletta, Beta Kappa
Vice President of Alumni Development
Preceded By
David Batts, Tau, Delta Epsilon
Succeeded By
Kadira Coley, Gamma Pi