December 7-8, 2020

The Global Washington annual gathering is the premier event for global development practitioners, funders, and partners on the West Coast. This year, we are going virtual and expanding our scope and global reach.

The Goalmakers National Forum will be the culmination of conversations taking place out of seven cities across the U.S. The National Forum will challenge and inspire participants to reimagine global development given this moment in history.

2020 will be remembered as a year of massive global disruption and upheaval. The overlapping crises of the pandemic and anger about inequality have also created an opportunity to reset, reimagine, and rebuild existing systems for a more equitable future. Those in the global development community are responding to urgent needs and re-evaluating their role in the world with a frame of decolonization.

And, we already have a roadmap for this work – the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Each goal lays out specific targets to achieve a common vision. The pandemic has upended progress on many of these targets, and it is up to us chart a new, more equitable course of action for our future.

Goalmakers are those who are singularly focused on building a more equitable, healthy, and prosperous world for everyone. They know that it isn’t going to be easy. But by working together, we have what it takes to succeed.

Elizabeth Andersen
Executive Director, World Justice Project
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Akhtar Badshah, PhD

Akhtar Badshah
Author, The Purpose Mindset
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Kate Behncken, PhD

Kate Behncken
Vice President and Lead, Microsoft Philanthropies
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Jasmine Burton

Jasmine Burton
World Economic Forum Global Shaper
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Clarence Edwards

Clarence Edwards
Legislative Director, Sustainable Energy and Environment, Friends Committee on National Legislation
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Dan Glickman

Dan Glickman
Former Secretary of Agriculture and Senior Advisor, USGLC
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Monica J. Gorman

Monica J. Gorman
Vice President, Responsible Leadership & Global Compliance, New Balance
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Zia Khan
Senior Vice President for Innovation, Rockefeller Foundation
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Tjada McKenna
Chief Executive Officer, Mercy Corps
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Ali Mokdad Chief Strategy Officer, University of Washington Population Health

Ali Mokdad
Chief Strategy Officer, University of Washington Population Health
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Blessing Omakwu

Blessing Omakwu
Deputy Director, Goalkeepers, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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Laurel Patterson

Laurel Patterson
Head, SDG Integration UNDP
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Will Poole

Will Poole
Managing Partner, Capria
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Rick Steves

Rick Steves
Travel Writer
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Tazin Shadid

Tazin Shadid
Founder, Spreeha Bangladesh
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Nikhil Taneja

Nikhil Taneja
Global Advisory Board, Goalkeepers, Co-Founder and CEO, Yuvaa
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Laura Vergara

Laura Vergara
Board Member, FRIDA
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