Throughout his career, Christopher Goett has been actively involved with community development and civic engagement in moderate- and low-income neighborhoods across the United States. Chris has been a trainer, organizer, moderator, panelist, and facilitator at numerous conferences, university presentations, and speaking engagements. Chris has built and strengthened coalitions with key collaborative partners from the nonprofit, philanthropic, academic, and governmental sectors in order to facilitate place-based change initiatives in several cities.
Prior to joining the Council, Chris served as Director of Membership and Organizing with the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), a grassroots network of national, regional, and local housing and community development nonprofit organizations working to promote fair and equitable access to banking services to create and sustain affordable housing, job development, and vibrant communities for America’s working families. Chris built NCRC’s first community organizing department, hiring and managing seven staff. Under his leadership, NCRC’s campaign aimed at having the Federal Reserve Board extend the comment period and grant public meetings related to an international bank acquisition achieved historic results via 800+ letters submitted, a 45-day extension, and three public meetings resulting in $190 million in philanthropic investment in six markets across the United States.
Chris graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Villanova University, and earned a Master of Social Work degree with an emphasis on community organizing, economic development, and management from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Currently, he serves on the board of Community Foundations of Canada. Chris started his career within philanthropy at the Annie E. Casey Foundation as one of six program staff selected in a national search for team members for an intensive, post-graduate career leadership development program. Chris is married and lives in Washington, DC