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John D. Goldman

March 10, 2022

John Goldman is a civic volunteer, active in various philanthropic and community organizations following his business and government career. A passionate advocate for the environment, he is the current President of the Goldman Environmental Foundation. John is the immediate past President of the San Francisco Symphony and continues to serve on its board. He is a past President of the San Francisco-based Jewish Community Federation and currently serves on the board of Stanford Health Care and the US Olympic and Paralympic Foundation. In April 2017, John received Stanford University’s Gold Spike award, its highest recognition for service to the institution. He has been a General Trustee of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts since his appointment by President Obama in 2014. Professionally, John is the former Chair of Willis Insurance Services of California, Inc., and was CEO of Richard N. Goldman & Co. Prior to joining Goldman Insurance Services in 1986, he served in the Office of Legislative Analyst for the State of California and as Assistant Secretary of Transportation for the State of California.

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Goldman Prize Winners Call for Release of Nguy Thi Khanh


September 13, 2022

Today, 52 Goldman Environmental Prize winners sent a letter to the members of the UN Human Rights Council in support of Nguy Thi Khanh, the 2018 Goldman Environmental Prize winner from Vietnam. Khanh is serving a two-year prison sentence in Vietnam for the alleged crime of tax evasion, widely understood as punishment for being an…

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Stopping the Spill: How Oil Is Changing Our Earth


August 22, 2022 – By Jacqueline Kehoe

News headlines every few years can leave the impression that oil spills are rare, one-off events, like BP’s Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010 or the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster. In reality, they happen constantly: Over 700 million gallons of waste oil reach the ocean every year, destroying entire ecosystems and communities. Beyond its role in…

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Indigenous Communities: Protectors of our Forests


August 8, 2022 – By Jacqueline Kehoe

It has now become widely understood in environmental circles that Indigenous groups around the world are often the best stewards of land conservation because of their longstanding cultural, spiritual, and physical connections to their territories. August 9, is UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, a day that recognizes the unique role of Indigenous…

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