Aaron Goggans brings over a decade of experience in organizing, activism, and transformation work. Aaron in a strong believer in the power of emergence and transformation, and that that change is not only necessary but inevitable. He believes that organizational transformation begins with telling honest, empowering stories about who we are, where we are and how we got here. Armed with these stories and a critical analysis of the social context in which those stories exist, we can begin the process of deciding where we need to go and how we want to get there.
Born to a justice-oriented Black Baha’i family and raised in rural Colorado, Aaron has been doing work around racial transformation since he became a youth organizer in middle school. While attending the University of Chicago, Aaron began grassroots advocacy around public housing and the labor movement. After college, Aaron began doing organizational development work as a support group facilitator then later as an educator in a school on Chicago’s South Side. After a number of years in Chicago, Aaron moved to DC and focused on bringing visionary organizing to local housing and labor campaigns. Since moving to DC Aaron has done contract work for the Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) and the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED). Aaron worked for the Employment Justice Center (EJC) as a campaign coordinator where he co-founded the anti-oppression change team. At the EJC, Aaron worked to create and implement strategies for the Just Pay Coalition that help to pass, implement and strength minimum wage and sick days laws in the district.
In addition to his paid work, Aaron dedicated 3 years being deeply involved in local Black Lives Matter organizing in D.C. As a co-creator of the local chapter, Aaron worked to build local cross-movement infrastructure that blended mass mobilization, direct action and policy advocacy in the district. With the local Movement for Black Lives Aaron worked to develop the emergent strategic planning process that Insight-Incite now uses with our clients.