A former leader in the San Francisco building-materials industry, Charles (Charlie) Goodman also served as a three-term mayor of the town of Ross, a community north of San Francisco, and as chairman for the Marin Sonoma Concours d’Elegance. Charles Goodman currently chairs Shifting Gears, a car rally that has raised funds for a number of non-profit organizations.
In October 2015, the three-day Shifting Gears event will benefit Beyond Differences, which works to end social isolation for youth and promote inclusion in schools. The organization focuses primarily on middle schools, and works with both student leaders and classroom teachers.
Based in Marin County, California, Beyond Differences currently operates in eight area middle schools, with the help of more than 120 students and educators who participate in the organization’s leadership programs. The organization strives to proactively address social isolation to prevent teasing, bullying, and violence in schools.
To inspire student-led change, Beyond Differences provides leadership training and free materials so that students can host inclusive special events where all students feel accepted. Beyond Differences also maintains a number of ongoing initiatives, including “No One Eats Alone,” to prevent social isolation ,and “I’m In,” against online bullying. For more information, please visit http://www.shiftinggearsusa.com.