George Goehl

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George Goehl
Born (1969-02-02) February 2, 1969 (age 54)
EducationIndiana University
Occupation(s)Community organizer, nonprofit executive
Known forDirector, People's Action
SpouseAi-jen Poo

George Goehl (born February 2, 1969) is an American community organizer, activist and executive director of People's Action,[1] an organization formed through the merger of five national organizations into one of the largest, with more than a million volunteers and 600 paid organizers,[2] working for poor and working-class people in the United States.[3][4] His efforts have helped to craft city, state, and federal campaigns on issues that range from outlawing predatory lending,[5] advancing immigration reform, multiracial organizing in rural communities[6] and defining co-governing. He also sits on the board of The Solutions Project[7] and Equal Voice Action.[8]


Goehl began his organizing career as the founding president of the Coalition of Low-Income and Homeless Citizens.[9] He later began working for National People's Action where he designed a national campaign to pressure HUD to reform their Federal Housing Administration home loan program which resulted in the establishment of the Credit Watch Program to hold lenders accountable for excessive defaults on FHA-insured mortgages.[9]

In 2012, Goehl co-organized the 99% Spring, an effort with roots in the Occupy Wall Street movement in 2011.[10] In 2018, as executive director of People's Action, he co-sponsored a demonstration at the U.S.-Mexico border against the separation of immigrant families.[11] The Guardian included Goehl as one of the "leaders of the grassroots resistance" of President Donald Trump.[2]

Goehl has written for The Nation,[12] The American Prospect,[13] and Huffington Post.[3]


  1. ^ Hogan, Joseph. "What if the Left Wins: A Q&A With George Goehl - The Nation" – via
  2. ^ a b Gabbatt, Adam (19 January 2017). "Activism in the age of Trump: meet the leaders of the grassroots resistance". the Guardian.
  3. ^ a b "George Goehl | HuffPost". Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  4. ^ "Why Is This Happening? Organizing in Trump country with George Goehl". NBC News. Retrieved 2019-01-30.
  5. ^ "Payday Loans' Debt Spiral to Be Curtailed". Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  6. ^ Borosage, Robert L. "A Progressive Movement to Organize America's Heartland | The Nation". ISSN 0027-8378. Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  7. ^ "About Us - The Solutions Project". The Solutions Project. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  8. ^ "About EVA | Equal Voice Action". Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  9. ^ a b "George Goehl". MIT CoLab. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  10. ^ "Organizer George Goehl on Fighting Back | Moyers & Company |". Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  11. ^ "'Free our children now' -- On the U.S.-Mexico border, activists protest separation of immigrant families". PBS NewsHour. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  12. ^ "George Goehl | The Nation". Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  13. ^ "George Goehl". The American Prospect. Retrieved 2018-08-06.

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