Venice resident Jon Goodman, a business technology strategist and corporate governance expert, has been named president of the civic forum organization Town Hall Los Angeles.

Founded in 1937, Town Hall Los Angeles promotes civic engagement and seeks to inform citizens by hosting dialogues with the world’s leading thinkers and with government, business, and society leaders.

Goodman succeeds Adrienne Medawar, who retired after serving as president since 1988.

“Jon is a sensational new leader for Town Hall, said Tony Anderson, chair of the Town Hall Los Angeles board of directors. “She brings an insider’s insights into the civic, business, and governance challenges of Los Angeles as well as a rich network of influential thinkers and decision makers throughout the United States.”

Goodman is the founder and executive director of EC2, a technology business laboratory at the University of Southern California.

She is also chair of the USC Marshall School of Business Entrepreneur Program and director of distance learning for the USC Annenberg Center for Communication.

Prior to joining USC in 1989, Goodman taught at the University of Houston, where she also founded and directed an economic development project.

She co-founded Health Trends, which was sold to National Rehabilitation Centers; was a founding director of Medi-Quick, and was the founding partner of Septentrion Ventures, which merged with Houston Partners.

She was chair of the board of CUBancorp, which was sold to the Bank of Hawaii.

Goodman currently serves on the boards of several corporations, has written a book, has written numerous articles in scholarly and trade publications, and gives speeches on corporate governance and technology issues.

She holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Connecticut, where she was elected to the School of Business Hall of Fame.

Her doctorate degree is from the University of Georgia, where she was named Distinguished Alumna of the Terry College of Business.

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