About Alan

Alan W. Goff, M.Ed. is a group process facilitator specializing in intergroup dialogue, consensus-building, and strategic processes for advancing justice-centered organizational and social change.


Through powerful dialogue circles, participatory workshops, and other heartfully facilitated group processes, Alan channels the power of deep listening to gain insight, strengthen alliances, build consensus, and promote justice-centered social change. He works with a wide range of educational, nonprofit, and civic organizations that are striving to build a society based on justice for all people and the planet.

Alan holds a Master of Education in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he specialized in the theory, design, and facilitation of Intergroup Dialogue. He is currently a PhD candidate and researcher in Urban Schooling at the University of California, Los Angeles, where his research explores the role of listening as a transformative practice for the personal and professional development of educators of color committed to justice. He is trained and practiced in a range of group facilitation and dialogue approaches, including ToP Facilitation Methods and Strategic Planning, and the practice of Council.

He is a graduate of the Social Justice Training Institute, a past fellow of the NewGround fellowship program, and an advisory council member of the NewGround Courage Accelerator program. He is an Associate with Luna Jimenez Institute for Social Transformation, and an Associate with the ASPIRE Group.

Alan was born and raised in Los Angeles, of Belizean Kriol and Black U.S. heritage. He is the proud son of Alice Goff, a dedicated civil servant, labor leader, and women's leadership activist whose work sparked and continues to inspire Alan’s drive for justice.

He currently lives between Los Angeles, California, and Belize City, Belize, with a commitment to continually strengthen bonds and support justice-centered social and systemic change work in both of his home communities.

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