Kenya Goodson

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Kenya L. Goodson (born in Tuscaloosa) is a community organizer and environmental activist for the non-profit Hometown Action. She is vice president of Black Warrior Riverkeeper, president of the board of the Cahaba River Society, and a member of the board of Conservation Alabama.

Goodson grew up in Tuscaloosa's West End community and attended Tuscaloosa City Schools. She completed her bachelor of science in chemistry at Stillman College in 1997, and a master of science in environmental management at Samford University in 1999. After graduating she worked for the Alabama Department of Public Health conducting site assessments of septic systems in Tuscaloosa County.

In 2005 Goodson enrolled in the civil and environmental engineering Ph.D. program at the University of Alabama. As a graduate student she worked with the Geological Survey of Alabama on water well records and conducted research for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on the "Identification and Treatment of Emerging Contaminants in Wet Weather Flows." Goodson completed her doctorate in 2013 and was employed as an environmental engineer and consultant in the Washington D.C. area. She returned to Alabama in 2016 and has taught as a member of the faculty at the University of Montevallo, at Shelton State Community College, and at Stillman, where she also served as a mentor in the Upward Bound program.

Goodson has also been active as group leader of the Tuscaloosa chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby, with the executive committee of the Alabama Sierra Club, and with the Tuscaloosa Democratic Party.


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