Erica Goodman

New York State Deputy Director

Erica Goodman works closely with the New York State Director and other staff to develop and lead programs to advance AFT’s mission across the state, with a specific focus on efforts to support farmers in accessing and transferring farmland. 

She has more than 10 years of experience in building and fostering collaborative partnerships and leading communications strategies, most recently as Associate Director of Corporate Partnerships at FoodCorps and through a previous stint with AFT’s national communications team. In her time with the United States Golf Association, she also helped manage a $1.2 million grant portfolio and lead national programs for populations with limited access to the game, specifically girls and individuals with disabilities. A native of New York, she grew up on a family dairy farm in Washington County where she saw firsthand the challenges and opportunities of generational transition.

Goodman holds a B.A. in American Civilization and Literature from Middlebury College and an M.A. in Mass Communications Research from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Since 2016, she has served as a voting member and Representative-At-Large for Urban, Suburban and Rural Non-Farm Interests on the New York State Soil and Water Conservation Committee.   

She was selected by The Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center in 2018 as one of the 40 under 40 individuals working to transform New York City’s food system.