Holy hell, this is great. I am 100% behind this choice by CFI — if anyone knows outreach, it’s Debbie Goddard. The CFI press release:
The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is proud to announce that Debbie Goddard, formerly CFI’s campus outreach coordinator, has accepted the position of Director of Outreach. She replaces Lauren Becker in that role, who has shifted to her new position as Director of Marketing, as previously announced.
“Debbie has been a part of the heart of CFI for a long time now, embodying what it means to be a dedicated CFI employee. She has given a great deal of herself to this organization and its cause: bringing about a world that values science, reason, and compassion over dogma and superstition,” said Ron Lindsay, CFI’s President and CEO. “We are all proud to see Debbie take on this crucial leadership role in which we know she will excel.”
Debbie Goddard is well known in the secular and skeptic communities for her activism and leadership on many fronts, going back to her student days. In addition to serving as CFI’s campus outreach coordinator, Debbie is also director of African Americans for Humanism, a program of the Council for Secular Humanism. She has a deep history with CFI, having worked formally for the organization since 2006 when she was hired as a field organizer, and having volunteered as its campus publication director in 2001, and as student president the following year.
Debbie is also a contributor to the website Skepchick, and—not to be forgotten—she is the voice of the introduction to each episode of CFI’s acclaimed podcast, Point of Inquiry.
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The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is a nonprofit educational, advocacy, and research organization headquartered in Amherst, New York, with executive offices in Washington, D.C. It is also home to both the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and the Council for Secular Humanism. The mission of CFI is to foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. CFI‘s web address is www.centerforinquiry.net.
In honour of this great news, here’s a world-exclusive picture of Debbie Goddard in a Cthulhu hat, from CONvergence 2012.
In case you haven’t figured it out, Debbie is one of my very favorite people in the secular community. I really hope she doesn’t kill me for this. You know, by, say, driving me mad by touching my brain with one of her tentacles or something.