Justin Goodman is the Vice President of Advocacy and Public Policy at White Coat Waste Project (WCW), a non-profit with 350,000 supporters. He leads investigations and bipartisan policy campaigns to end secrecy, waste and abuse in taxpayer-funded laboratories that spend $15 billion a year for experiments on dogs, monkeys and other animals.
Justin’s work has been profiled in a Science cover story and has recently received positive media coverage from across the political spectrum, including in the Washington Post, Rare, Washington Free Beacon, McClatchy, Red Alert Politics and US News and World Report.
Before joining WCW in 2016, Justin spent nearly a decade heading laboratory investigations and government affairs at the world’s largest animal rights organization. Justin’s work has been hailed by The Hill as a 2015 “Top Lobbying Victory” and recognized by LUSH cosmetics, Classy and others.
Justin has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Connecticut. He has spent years as an adjunct professor of sociology and global education at Marymount University in Arlington, VA.
He lives in Washington, DC with his wife Stacy, rescued border collie Penelope and rescued Maine Coon siblings Baby and Mister.
AAPC: What does being a 2017 AAPC 40 Under 40 Award winner mean to you?
Justin: Personally, it’s a great and humbling honor. But, perhaps the best part of being awarded by AAPC is that White Coat Waste Project’s bipartisan work to end $15 billion in taxpayer-funded animal experiments is being recognized alongside some of the most successful presidential and congressional campaigns of last year.
AAPC: What are you most looking forward to this year?
Justin: I am lucky to work on an issue that virtually everyone agrees about. Ninety-four percent of Americans want animals to be protected from cruelty. In this time of hyper-partisanship in DC and everywhere else, people are eager to find areas of agreement with one another and that creates a lot of opportunities for a group like ours whose purpose is to unite the left, right and center to fight wasteful government spending on animal abuse. We have something for everyone.
AAPC: To what do you credit your success at such a young age?
Justin: A do-it-yourself ethic. I don’t sit around hoping others will make the change I want to see. I get busy.