Adria Goodson

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Board Member

Adria Goodson is the chief program officer of the Pahara Institute. Adria also serves on the faculty of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education teaching personal mastery courses. She has spent over 15 years coaching and supporting the learning and development of national non-profit and education leaders. From 2005 to 2015, she was the founding director of Hunt Alternatives’ Prime Movers fellowship program, a program that supports social movement leaders in the United States. Adria earned her Ph.D. from Boston College in sociology, specializing in social movement theory, public policy, and philanthropy. She has authored several pieces on movement leadership and has been a featured speaker at TedXBeaconStreet.


  • Ph.D. from Boston College in Sociology
  • BS from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


  • Pahara-Aspen Fellowship
  • K Kellogg Foundation Non-profit Opportunity Leadership Fellowship
  • Boston College President’s Fellowship.