Feb Public Meeting: Debbie Goddard, American Atheists

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Join us online for our February Public Meeting for board elections and our featured speaker, Debbie Goddard!

Debbie Goddard is the Vice President of Programs at American Atheists. She has over two decades of experience as an organizer and activist. She became involved with the secular movement as a college student in 2000 and attended atheist, freethinker, humanist, and skeptic group meetings in Philadelphia, New York City, New Jersey, and central Pennsylvania. Her involvement increased over time: she served on local advisory boards, started a student group, edited a monthly campus freethought email newsletter, and held a work-study position at the Center for Inquiry’s office in Rockefeller Center. In 2002, she was recognized in a Beliefnet “Godless Who’s Who” list as “The Student Activist” and in the Washington Blade as an “out” nonbeliever.

Since 2006, she has worked in the Department of Campus & Community Programs at the Center for Inquiry in Amherst, NY. After serving as a field organizer and as campus outreach coordinator, she became Outreach Director in 2012 and managed CFI’s U.S. branches and the international student outreach program. She also directed African Americans for Humanism. In 2012, she led a notable billboard and ad campaign featuring black atheists, and in 2009, she coordinated an international campaign highlighting blasphemy laws and free expression. Additionally, she was also the lead organizer for the Women in Secularism 4 conference and the annual CFI Leadership Conference.

Debbie is also engaged in LGBTQ activism, civil rights work, and training new organizers in her community. She facilitates workshops and gives presentations on campaign-building, evidence-based activism, diversity and outreach, group organizing, humanism and politics, and other topics for community groups, campus groups, and national conferences across North America.


1:00 – Zoom Opens, join us and work out any tech issues
1:15 – Business Meeting and Board Election
2:00 – Program featuring Debbie Goddard

Board Elections

Elections for the board will occur at this meeting. Candidate statements are in the February Newsletter. The nominees are:
• President: Stephanie Zvan
• Associate President: Michelle Morlan
• Chair: Heather Hegi
• Associate Chair: Mike Trombley
• Secretary: Alyssa Ehni
• Treasurer: Chris Matthews
• Directors-At-Large: Hertzey Hertz, Ben Blanchard, August Berkshire

Minnesota Atheists is a non-profit organization run by volunteers who are elected on an annual basis by the dues paying membership (Join or Renew your Membership at https://mnatheists.org/become-a-member/).

If you have any questions, feel free to email Heather at chair@mnatheists.org or any other board member. The new board will take effect on March 1, 2022.

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