Jane Goodman is not your typical working woman. Honestly, you could say that she’s a woman of many trades.
Currently, she serves as the Executive Director of the Cuyahoga River Restoration, President of the South Euclid, OH, City Council, and President of JGoodWorks Creative Services.
One would probably think that Goodman’s life has been dedicated to the river, given her thirteen years of service through the restoration. Goodman’s background is in journalism, which made her that much more interesting to me, because it’s always nice to interview someone with the knowledge of how a reporter’s brain works. After becoming bored with her job at a Cleveland-based production company, Goodman knew she wanted something more. Earth Day, 1990 is when her life took a different turn.
Goodman’s transition into environmental work happened in what she called, ‘baby steps.’
“You know, if you really want to heal the planet, or even just your backyard, it helps to have a connection and know how government, and regulations that come out of government, and policies that come from government, work,” Goodman said.
Goodman has been with the Cuyahoga River Restoration, a non-profit organization working to restore, protect, and revitalize the river, for over a decade. Through education she provides through tours, brochures, and pamphlets, to the countless hours spent planning restoration projects, the river has made quite the impact on Goodman’s life.
The river itself has come a long way since its infamous fire in 1969. This past Friday, the river was designated as a State Water Trail – the thirteenth in Ohio. The Cuyahoga River Restoration played an integral role in getting the water approved for that designation. Through the many events Goodman has spearheaded, she is even more optimistic about what’s to come.
For now, Goodman plans to continue working to make the Cuyahoga a safer, healthier, and more recreational river. “The Water Trail designation was one thing, but we can do so much more beyond that.”
For more information on the Cuyahoga River Restoration, you can visit their page here.