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After graduating college in 2001 Joe joined the U.S. Army in the days following 9/11. After training he spent time deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan and was awarded the bronze star for exemplary performance in combat.

How can we truly make America great again? Joe Kearns Goodwin argues that the answer can be found in national service. By asking all young American’s to do something, somewhere – be it in the Peace Corps, Teach for America, Americorps, City Year, military service, or any number of other opportunities – we can train a generation of leaders who will be able to replicate the great social achievements of the past and overcome the toxic racial, political and cultural divisiveness in our society today.


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Joe Goodwin

Joe Goodwin

Joe Goodwin is a graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law School. After graduating from College in May of 2001, Joe was planning on going to DC to work for a few years before attending law school. His life, like the lives of so many others, was inexorably changed on 9/11/2001. He drove to the nearest recruiting station the next day and enlisted in the US Army. After a year of training he was sent to Iraq where he spent the next 14 months in and around Baghdad as a combat arms platoon leader. He got out of the service in 2006 and went to work for General Electric and NBC in NYC. HE then got involuntarily recalled to the Army and spent a year in Afghanistan from 2008-2009.

After getting out of the Army a second time Joseph attended Law School. Between his 2nd and 3rd year he mounted an unsuccessful campaign for State Senate and then, after graduating, went to work for known inventor Dean Kamen – inventor of the Segway among many other incredible projects – at DEKA R&D in Manchester, NH. Joe has been published in numerous periodicals, including Op-Eds in the New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Baltimore Sun, The LA Times and others. He has also had various articles published in periodicals such as Boston Magazine, The Nieman Report and others. He has been featured on various TV shows such as Meet the Press, Morning Joe and the Charlie Rose Show.

Joe is fascinated by the concepts surrounding leadership to include leadership of others and leadership of oneself.